William Faulkner

William Faulkner was born September 25, 1897. He was a Nobel Prize-winning American author. One of the most powerful writers of the 20th century, his reputation is based on his novels, novellas and short stories. He was too a published poet and an occasional screenwriter. Faulkner attended the University of Mississippi in Oxford where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon social society. He enrolled at Ole Miss in 1919, and attended three semesters before dropping out in November 1920. The younger Faulkner was really influenced by the history of his family and the region in which they lived.

Mississippi marked his sense of comedy, his sense of the sad position of blacks and whites, his characterization of Southern characters and timeless themes, including fiercely intelligent people dwelling behind the fa├žades of good old boys and simpletons. Unable to join the United States Army because of his height, (he was 5' 5½"), Faulkner joined the British Royal Flying Corps and qualified at RFC bases in Canada and later in Britain, yet did not see any wartime action in the First World War.

Faulkner himself made the alter to his last name in 1918 upon combination the RFC. But according to one story, a careless typesetter just made an error. When the misprint appears on the title page of Faulkner's first book and the author was asked about it, he evidently replied, "Either way suits me." Faulkner House Books, and also serves as the headquarters of the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society. Faulkner serves as Writer-in-Residence at the University of Virginia from 1957 until his death. In 1959 he suffers serious injuries in a horse-riding accident. Faulkner died of a heart attack at the age of 64 on July 6, 1962.

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