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Picture of William Faulkner, Nobel Prize-winning writer and author of The Sound and the Fury; twentieth century American Literature
William Faulkner
(1897 - 1962)

Category:  American Literature
Born:  September 25, 1897
New Albany, Mississippi, United States
Died:  July 6, 1962
Byhalia, Mississippi
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F. Scott Fitzgerald, Nathanael West, Sean O'Casey
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William Faulkner - LIFE STORIES
5/7/1932     Faulkner in Hollywood
On this day in 1932 William Faulkner reluctantly arrived in Hollywood to begin work as a screenwriter, a labor that would last, on and off, for twenty years. Faulkner had already published The Sound and the Fury, and although far from a popular success he was regarded as one of America's most talented young writers; on the other hand, a local store had just refused his $3 check.
10/7/1929     Faulkner's "Splendid Failure"
On this day in 1929, William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury was published. Faulkner said it was "a splendid failure," but he also said that "the only thing in literature which would ever move me very much" was the image upon which the book was based: "Caddy climbing the pear tree to look in the window at her grandfather's funeral while Quentin and Jason and Benjy and the negroes looked up at the muddy seat of her drawers."
11/26/1919     William Faulkner, Flying High
On this day in 1919, twenty-two-year-old William Faulkner published his first prose, a short story entitled "Landing in Luck." It is a lighthearted tale about an air force cadet's first solo flight, and it gives little sign of the style or fame to come, but the autobiographical details behind its telling are pure, playful Faulkner. They also might make the author worthy of his hero's description as "the biggest liar in the R. A. F."
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Novels 1930-1935: As I Lay Dying, Sanctuary, Light in August, Pylon
by William Faulkner, Joseph Blotner (Editor), Noel Polk (Editor)
anthology, fiction
Novels 1936-1940: Absalom, Absalom! / The Unvanquished / If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem / The Hamlet
by William Faulkner, Joseph Blotner (Editor), Noel Polk (Editor)
anthology, fiction
Novels 1942-1954: Go Down, Moses / Intruder in the Dust / Requiem for a Nun / A Fable
by William Faulkner, Joseph Blotner (Editor), Noel Polk (Editor)
anthology, fiction
Novels 1957-1962: The Town / The Mansion / The Reivers
by William Faulkner, Joseph Blotner (Editor), Noel Polk (Editor)
anthology, fiction
The Sound and the Fury
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Faulkner's World: The Photographs of Martin J. Dain
by Martin J. Dain (Photographer), Tom Rankin (Editor), Larry Brown
Faulkner: A Biography
by Joseph Blotner
The Cambridge Companion to William Faulkner
by Philip M. Weinstein (Editor)
guide, essays
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Center for Faulkner Studies
Offers a large selection of literary criticism and analysis from the Teaching Faulkner Newsletter Archives. Includes essays on Absalom, Absalom!, As I Lay Dying, "Barn Burning," Go Down, Moses, Light in August, "Pantaloon in Black," "A Rose for Emily," The Sound and the Fury, and other works. A good resource for students and teachers.
Faulkner on the Web
Features a biography, life chronolgy, a family tree, and resources about Faulkner's novels, short stories, plays, poetry, essays, and speeches. Also includes information about screenplays and film adaptations, links to related Internet resources, and handful of other diversions (trivia, quotes, and online quizzes). Highly recommended.
The Most ... Faulknerian
Find an assorted collection of Faulkner memorabilia. Includes images and a short description of his 7th grade report card, first play ("The Marionette"), the first page of the manuscript for As I Lay Dying, and other assorted items.
William Faulkner (1897-1962)
A site for teachers with suggestions on how to approach Faulkner's works, explanation of themes, style, structure, and concordances with works by other authors. Offers specific questions and guidelines on "Barn Burning" and "A Rose for Emily."

"Faulkner needs to be related to the other great modernists who so influenced him, especially Joyce and Eliot, and his work should and could be profitably compared and contrasted to the similar but sometimes very different literary experiments of Hemingway, Stein, Fitzgerald, Wright, and so on. 'Barn Burning' can easily be contrasted to Huckleberry Finn, where a young boy must abandon his father's standards in favor of more humane, just ones, or to a female bildungsroman such as Wharton's Summer."
William Faulkner, 1949 Nobel Prize in Literature
Faulkner was awarded the 1949 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his powerful and artistically unique contribution to the modern American novel." Visit the official Nobel website for an author biography, Faulkner's Nobel Lecture and Swedish Stamps, and other resources.
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February 19, 2018
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