M. Thomas Inge '59
M. Thomas Inge ’59, the Blackwell Professor of Humanities at Randolph-Macon College,
has donated his William Faulkner collection to the U. S. Military Academy at West
Point. The 800- volume research library, composed primarily of biographical and
critical works, will be housed in the Department of English and Philosophy and will
form the basis for a major research center for Faulkner studies in the Northeast.
Faulkner made a rare public appearance and did a reading at West Point in 1962.
“I spoke at the Military Academy last year in commemoration of the 50th anniversary
of Faulkner’s reading at West Point, and given the intense interest they have maintained,
it occurred to me that this would be the ideal place for my Faulkner collection,”
says Inge. “We have major research collections at universities in Mississippi, Virginia,
and Missouri, but not outside the South. They welcomed the books as the beginning
of another such center for our greatest 20th century writer.”
About M. Thomas Inge
Inge joined the faculty in 1984. He earned his B.A. at Randolph-Macon College and
his M.A. and Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University. As a student at Randolph-Macon, Inge
met Faulkner when he was writer-in-residence at the University of Virginia in 1958
and interviewed him for R-MC’s Yellow Jacket student newspaper.
Inge is the author of Will Eisner: Conversations (University Press of Mississippi),
a collection of interviews with the master comic-book artist and creator of the
graphic novel. He co-edited, in collaboration with Czech scholar Marcel Arbeit,
The (Un)Popular South (Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic), with
essays on the South in popular culture by 10 international critics, including Inge’s
“Walt Disney’s Racial Dilemma in Song of the South.” He also edited My Life with
Charlie Brown (University Press of Mississippi), which analyzes the life
and work of “Peanuts” creator Charles Schulz. Inge’s latest book, The Dixie Limited:
Writers on Faulkner and His Influence, is scheduled for publication in
2014 by the University Press of Mississippi.