William Faulkner





William Faulkner


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

Died
July 06, 1962

Genre

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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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The Sound and the Fury

3.85 avg rating — 116,633 ratings — published 1929 — 68 editions
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As I Lay Dying

3.72 avg rating — 95,647 ratings — published 1930 — 112 editions
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Light in August

3.92 avg rating — 39,316 ratings — published 1931 — 114 editions
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Absalom, Absalom!

3.95 avg rating — 28,636 ratings — published 1936 — 96 editions
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A Rose for Emily

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Go Down, Moses

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Sanctuary

3.65 avg rating — 7,679 ratings — published 1931 — 107 editions
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Collected Stories

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The Reivers: A Reminiscence

3.79 avg rating — 4,806 ratings — published 1962 — 62 editions
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The Unvanquished

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

December 2014 New School Classics Poll

Which book would you like to read for our December 2014 New School Classics group read?

1963, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, 288 pages
 
  34 votes, 20.0%

1930, As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner, 267 pages
 
  19 votes, 11.2%

 
  18 votes, 10.6%

 
  17 votes, 10.0%

1981, Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie, 647 pages
 
  14 votes, 8.2%

 
  14 votes, 8.2%

 
  13 votes, 7.6%

1918, My Ántonia by Willa Cather, 232 pages
 
  12 votes, 7.1%

1932, Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons, 233 pages
 
  12 votes, 7.1%

 
  10 votes, 5.9%

1940, Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton, 320 pages
 
  3 votes, 1.8%

1992, Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth, 630 pages
 
  2 votes, 1.2%

1961, A House for Mr Biswas by V.S. Naipaul, 623 pages
 
  2 votes, 1.2%

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