The Ultimate William Faulkner Resource

William Faulkner was an American novelist, poet and screenwriter. He was born in New Albany, Mississippi on September 25, 1897, and spent his youth in Oxford, Mississippi. Many of his primary works were centered on southern characters and settings, in which he examined the complex social and racial issues of life in the South. In addition to his novels, he wrote screenplays that were made into movies in the 1930s and 1940s. His greatest writing was done from 1929 to 1942; when he wrote the bulk of his works. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1949, and the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1955 and 1963. 



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Although Faulkner grew up in the poorest state in the U.S. during the Great Depression, never graduated from high school and didn’t hold a college degree, he overcame all of these obstacles to be recognized as one of the most important American writers of the 20th century. His novels As I Lay Dying and Absalom, Absalom! will be forever included amongst the greatest American novels ever written. William Faulkner passed away in 1962 from a heart attack.