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


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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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As I Lay Dying
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Light in August
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Absalom, Absalom!
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A Rose for Emily
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Sanctuary
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Collected Stories
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The Reivers: A Reminiscence
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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

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April 2015 New School Classic Group Read

What book should we read for our April 2015 New School Classic group read?

1920, The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, 305 pages
 
  13 votes, 26.5%

1982, Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally, 429 pages
 
  8 votes, 16.3%

 
  5 votes, 10.2%

 
  5 votes, 10.2%

1954, 100 Selected Poems by E.E. Cummings, 128 pages
 
  4 votes, 8.2%

1952, Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor, 236 pages
 
  3 votes, 6.1%

1931, Light in August by William Faulkner, 507 pages
 
  3 votes, 6.1%

1988, Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler, 350 pages
 
  2 votes, 4.1%

1949, The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles, 342 pages
 
  2 votes, 4.1%

1903, The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler, 320 pages
 
  2 votes, 4.1%

1996, Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt, 432 pages
 
  1 vote, 2.0%

1921, The Black Moth by Georgette Heyer, 274 pages
 
  1 vote, 2.0%

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