William Faulkner was born in New Albany, Mississippi, in 1897, into a family that had been deeply rooted in the area for generations. The eldest of four boys, Faulkner grew up in nearby Oxford, and lived there for much of the rest of his life. At 21, during World War I, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force, where he changed the spelling of his surname from Falkner to Faulkner. The following year, though he had never finished high school, he enrolled at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. He dropped out after several semesters, later working as a postmaster at the university.

Faulkner published his first book, a volume of poems called The Marble Faun, in 1924. In 1925, he lived in New Orleans, where he met Sherwood Anderson...Show More »

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