Faulkner's unusual and rare letter highlights the writer's long interest in sailing. He wanted to refit the sails of his small sloop and, after offering his own ideas, asks for Devine's, likely the more experienced sailor. Faulkner suggests a gift of a pipe to Devine in the last paragraph. In his drawing, Faulkner points to the "New Sail" he wants for his boat. A photograph of Faulkner in his boat accompanies the letter. Faulkner signs in pencil, "Bill." The illustration would ideally clarify what Faulkner wanted more than the writer’s words alone. Faulkner explains that, "a Navy bloke" his Marine fighter pilot nephew knows will, "make me a suit of sails out of airplane linen, a little lighter than the present canvas. They wont [sic] cost me anything...then I shall take the old jib and try to rig some kind of skysail, maybe turn it upside down, a balloon spkr, something like that. What do you think will happen...Sketch me a rig on paper, will you? My own idea herewith...." He labels two parts of his drawing in pencil. Condition: center fold is prominent and in tact, other folds visible.
Letter measures 8 x 11 inches and floats on a dark gray mat overlaid with a white mat, framed in black satin finished wood, matted and framed in museum quality materials, framed in 5/8/inch black satin wood. Frame measures 16 x 18 3/4/inches and the photo measures 8 x 10 inches, in pocket on back of frame.
Faulkner's novel, "Intruder in the Dust" came out in 1948, and was made into a film the following year, 1949, the same year he won the Nobel Prize in Literature.