William Faulkner

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 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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“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

April 2015 Revisit the Shelf Classic Reread

 
  14 votes, 27.5%

1938, Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, 448 pages
 
  10 votes, 19.6%

 
  5 votes, 9.8%

1726, Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift, 306 pages
 
  5 votes, 9.8%

1929, A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway, 293 pages
 
  5 votes, 9.8%

 
  4 votes, 7.8%

1895, The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, 118 pages
 
  4 votes, 7.8%

1818, Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen, 251 pages
 
  2 votes, 3.9%

1952, East of Eden by John Steinbeck, 601 pages
 
  1 vote, 2.0%

1957, Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak, 592 pages
 
  1 vote, 2.0%

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