Postmaster William Faulkner Gets a Withering Letter From the Home Office

From a story on headlined “Postmaster William Faulkner gets a withering letter from the home office”:

In 1921, 24-year-old William Faulkner had dropped out of the University of Mississippi for the second time and was living in Greenwich Village, working in a bookstore—but he was getting restless. Eventually, his mentor, Phil Stone, an Oxford attorney, arranged for him to be appointed postmaster at the school he had only recently left. He was paid a salary of $1,700 in 1922 and $1,800 in the following years, but it’s unclear how he came by that raise, because by all accounts he was uniquely terrible at his job. “I forced Bill to take the job over his own declination and refusal,” Stone said later, according to David Minter’s biography. “He made the damndest postmaster the world has ever seen.”