William Faulkner: Novels, Books, Biography
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Selected Novels and Writings of William Faulkner

The Sound and the Fury

Collected Stories

Light in August

A Summer of Faulkner: 3 Novels

As I Lay Dying

Sanctuary

Absalom, Absalom!

Snopes: The Hamlet, The Town...

Go Down, Moses

The Reivers

The Unvanquished

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The Portable Faulkner

Every Day by the Sun: A Memoir by Dean Faulkner Wells

William Faulkner: Lives and Legacies by Carolyn Porter

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William Faulkner Bio

William FaulknerBorn in 1897 in New Albany, Mississippi, William Faulkner was the son of a family proud of their prominent role in the history of the south. He grew up in Oxford, Mississippi, and left high school at fifteen to work in his grandfather's bank.

Rejected by the US military in 1915, he joined the Canadian flyers with the RAF, but was still in training when the war ended. Returning home, he studied at the University of Mississippi and visited Europe briefly in 1925.

His first poem was published in The New Republic in 1919. His first book of verse and early novels followed, but his major work began with the publication of The Sound and the Fury in 1929. As I Lay Dying (1930), Sanctuary (1931), Light in August (1932), Absalom, Absalom! (1936) and The Wild Palms (1939) are the key works of his great creative period leading up to Intruder in the Dust (1948). During the 1930s, he worked in Hollywood on film scripts, notably The Blue Lamp, co-written with Raymond Chandler.

William Faulkner was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1949 and the Pulitzer Prize for The Reivers just before his death in July 1962.¹ read more


William Faulkner Quotes

"Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth."

"Read, read, read. Read everything - trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master."

"A writer needs three things, experience, observation, and imagination, any two of which, at times any one of which, can supply the lack of the others."

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