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Today’s Memory – William Faulkner

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William Faulkner

September 25, 1897, New Albany, Mississippi – July 6, 1962, Byhalia, Mississippi


William Cuthbert Faulkner was one of the most important writers in both American literature generally and Southern literature specifically, who worked in a variety of written media, including novels, short stories, a play, poetry, essays and screenplays.

Faulkner dropped out of high school and only briefly attended college. He spent most of his life in Oxford, Miss. He is best known for his cycle of works set in fictional Yoknapatawpha County, which becomes an emblem of the American South and its tragic history. His first major novel, The Sound and the Fury (1929), was marked by radical technical experimentation, including stream of consciousness.

The 1959 version of William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury starring Yul Brynner and Joanne Woodward Part 2

His American reputation, which lagged behind his European reputation, was boosted by As I Lay Dying (1930), Light in August (1932), Absalom, Absalom! (1936), and Go Down, Moses (1942), which contains the story The Bear.

Sanctuary (1961) • Screenplay by Ruth Ford and James Poe, based on works by William Faulkner; directed by Tony Richardson

The Portable Faulkner (1946) finally brought his work into wide circulation, and he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1949. His Collected Stories (1950) won the National Book Award. Both in the U.S. and abroad, especially in Latin America, he was among the most influential writers of the 20th century.

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William Faulkner on his native soil in Oxford, Mississippi (1952)

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