William Faulkner

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Date of Birth September 25, 1897
Place of Birth New Albany, Mississippi
Date of Death Jul 6, 1962 (64)
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William Faulkner

William Cuthbert Faulkner was an American writer and Nobel Prize laureate from Oxford, Mississippi. Faulkner wrote novels, short stories, screenplays, poetry, essays, and a play. He is primarily known for his novels and short stories set in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County, based on Lafayette County, Mississippi, where he spent most of his life. Faulkner is one of the most celebrated writers in American literature generally and Southern literature specifically. Though his work was published as early as 1919 and largely during the 1920s and 1930s, Faulkner's renown reached its peak upon the publication of Malcolm Cowley's The Portable Faulkner and his 1949 Nobel Prize in Literature, making him the only Mississippi-born Nobel winner. Two of his works, A Fable and his last novel The Reivers, each won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Born: William Cuthbert Falkner, September 25, 1897, New Albany, Mississippi, U.S.
Died: July 06, 1962, Byhalia, Mississippi, U.S.
Language: English
Nationality: American
Alma mater: University of Mississippi
Period: 1919–1962
Notable works: The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying, Light in August, Absalom, Absalom, "A Rose for Emily"
Notable awards: Nobel Prize in Literature (1949), Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1955, 1963), National Book Award (1951, 1955)
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About William Faulkner

Pulitzer Prize-winning, Southern Gothic writer whose best known works include The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying, and A Rose for Emily. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1949.

Before Fame

He exclusively wrote poems during his teenage years. He began working on his masterpiece novel, The Sound and the Fury, when he was thirty years old.


He became known for his distinct writing style, which is characterized by long, vividly descriptive sentences.

Family Life

He grew up in Mississippi as one of four sons born to Murry Cuthbert Falkner and Maud Butler. He married Estelle Oldham in 1929 and had several extramarital affairs. He had a daughter named Jill.


He and his contemporary, Ernest Hemingway, wrote in very different styles (Hemingway filled his work with short, declarative sentences) and intensely disliked each other.

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  • Faux Faulkner contest - The Faux Faulkner contest was an annual parody essay contest founded in 1989 by Dean Faulkner Wells, niece of Nobel laureate William Faulkner, with her husband Lawrence Wells, and sponsored by Yoknapatawpha Press and the Center for the Study of Southern Culture. It was held 16 times until 2005.
  • Center for Faulkner Studies - "There's a case of the sorry, shabby world that don't quite please you, so you create one of your own...." Faulkner in the University, 59 The Center for Faulkner Studies is located at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau.
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