The New York Times obituary notes:
Joseph Blotner did a bit more. He spent 10 years writing a two-volume, 2,115-page, 8 1/2-pound biography of the great American novelist so chock-full of details — down to postmarks and menus — that some critics dismissed it as overwhelming.
But Mr. Blotner’s “Faulkner: A Biography,” published in 1974, became a definitive source on the Nobel laureate from Oxford, Miss., one that no subsequent biographer could ignore. It drew on the full access to Faulkner’s papers and letters that the writer’s family had granted Mr. Blotner, as well as the personal relationship that the New Jersey-born Mr. Blotner and his literary idol nurtured over bourbon and branch water.
The obit goes on:
Mr. Blotner also faced the problem of writing the truth about a friend whom he worshiped. He gave short shrift to Faulkner’s romantic affairs and his nearly suicidal drinking bouts, and some critics complained that he had failed to connect Faulkner’s work with his chaotic life.
One of the “romantic affairs” given “short shrift” was with Meta Carpenter in Hollywood. In identifying people in photographs from that era, Estelle (apparently purposefully) misidentified her, so bothering Carpenter that this was one of the reasons she wrote her memoir A Loving Gentleman in the mid-70s, describing her relationship with Faulkner in detail.
Weird Google images result: The third picture that pulls up in a search for Meta Carpenter is a picture of Estelle Faulkner….