William Faulkner





William Faulkner

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born
in New Albany, Mississippi, The United States
September 25, 1897

died
July 06, 1962

gender
male

genre

influences


About this author

William Cuthbert Faulkner was a Nobel Prize-winning American novelist and short story writer. One of the most influential writers of the twentieth century, his reputation is based mostly on his novels, novellas, and short stories. He was also a published poet and an occasional screenwriter.
The majority of his works are based in his native state of Mississippi. Though his work was published as early as 1919, and largely during the 1920s and 1930s, Faulkner was relatively unknown until receiving the 1949 Nobel Prize in Literature, "for his powerful and artistically unique contribution to the modern American novel." Faulkner has often been cited as one of the most important writers in the history of American literature. Faulkner was influenced
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Average rating: 3.85 · 338,187 ratings · 15,238 reviews · 303 distinct works · Similar authors
The Sound and the Fury
3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 109,976 ratings — published 1929 — 62 editions
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As I Lay Dying
3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 87,297 ratings — published 1930 — 114 editions
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Light in August
3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 36,679 ratings — published 1931 — 43 editions
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Absalom, Absalom!
3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 27,028 ratings — published 1936 — 90 editions
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A Rose for Emily
4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 19,948 ratings — published 1930
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Go Down, Moses
3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 6,564 ratings — published 1942 — 46 editions
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Sanctuary
3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 7,177 ratings — published 1931 — 3 editions
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Collected Stories
4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 5,536 ratings — published 1948 — 37 editions
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The Reivers: A Reminiscence
3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 4,456 ratings — published 1962 — 55 editions
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The Unvanquished
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More books by William Faulkner…
“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.”
William Faulkner

“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. Read! You'll absorb it.
Then write. If it's good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out of the window.”
William Faulkner

“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.”
William Faulkner

Polls

August 2015 New School Classic Poll

 
  23 votes, 16.4%

1931, Light in August by William Faulkner, 507 pages
 
  21 votes, 15.0%

 
  19 votes, 13.6%

1982, Schindler'sList by Thomas Keneally, 429 pages
 
  18 votes, 12.9%

1905, The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton, 351 pages
 
  14 votes, 10.0%

1996, Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt, 432 pages
 
  11 votes, 7.9%

1931, The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, 418 pages
 
  11 votes, 7.9%

1950, A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute, 359 pages
 
  10 votes, 7.1%

1956, Peyton Place by Grace Metalious, 384 pages
 
  8 votes, 5.7%

1989, Geek Love by Katherine Dunn, 348 pages
 
  5 votes, 3.6%

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