William Faulkner
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William Faulkner

Born 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.
Photo by Carl Van Vechten [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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    • By: William Faulkner
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    • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
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    • By Kristina on 11-12-08

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    First published in 1929, Faulkner created his "heart's darling", the beautiful and tragic Caddy Compson, whose story Faulkner told through separate monologues by her three brothers....

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    • By Bryan on 12-07-05

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    • Collected Stories of William Faulkner

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    • By chris on 02-05-10

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    • By Darwin8u on 09-17-17

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    • The Reivers

    • By: William Faulkner
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    The Reivers is a picaresque story that tells of three unlikely car thieves from rural Mississippi....

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    • By Dražzen on 04-02-18

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    • Sanctuary

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    Sanctuary is the dark, at times brutal, story of the kidnapping of Mississippi debutante Temple Drake....

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    • By Very Jones on 11-02-15

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    • By Kindle Customer on 05-12-13

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    Set in Mississippi during the Civil War and Reconstruction, The Unvanquished focuses on the Sartoris family....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
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    • By BookWorm on 03-27-14

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    • The Town

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    The story of Flem Snopes' ruthless struggle to take over the town of Jefferson, Mississippi, this is the second volume of Faulkner's trilogy about the Snopes family....

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    • By Doug on 03-28-11

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    • A Fable

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    • By Andy Curry on 05-08-17

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