William Faulkner


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

Died
July 06, 1962

Genre

Influences


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 set 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 b
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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.”
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.”
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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

February 2017 Short Story Poll

An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde, 78 pages, 1893
 
  76 votes, 30.0%

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, 30 pages, 1948
 
  65 votes, 25.7%

A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen, 122 pages, 1879
 
  48 votes, 19.0%

 
  20 votes, 7.9%

 
  14 votes, 5.5%

Barn Burning by William Faulkner, 47 pages, 1939
 
  14 votes, 5.5%

First Love by Ivan Turgenev, 124 pages, 1856
 
  12 votes, 4.7%

The Magic Barrel by Bernard Malamud, 39 pages, 1950
 
  4 votes, 1.6%

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