Tuesday, September 25, 2012

TODAY is William Faulkner's Birthday

William Faulkner was born on September 25, 1897 in New Albany, Mississippi. After training with the RAF in Canada, he returned home and worked in temporary jobs while honing his writing craft. His 1929 novel "Sartoris" introduced Yoknapatawpha County, a recurring locale in his novels. Faulkner also worked as a Hollywood screenwriter and won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1949. He died in 1962 in Byhalia Mississippi.  He is buried at Oxford Memorial Cemetery in Oxford, Mississippi. 

 In adolescence, Faulkner began writing poetry almost exclusively. He did not write his first novel until 1925.   Faulkner was born and raised in, and heavily influenced by, his home state of Mississippi, as well as by the history and culture of the American South altogether.

Rowan Oak, home of William Faulkner, Oxford, MS.
Four days prior to William's fifth birthday, the Falkner family settled
in Oxford on September 21, 1902 where he resided on and off for the remainder of his life.

Notable work(s)
The Sound and the Fury
As I Lay Dying
Light in August
Absalom, Absalom!
A Rose for Emily

Notable award(s)
Nobel Prize in Literature 1949
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1955, 1963