William Faulkner Is Born

Novelist William Faulkner was born in New Albany, Mississippi on September 25, 1897.

He spent much of his youth in Oxford where his father was employed as the business manager for the University of Mississippi. Creator of the legendary Yoknapatawpha County and its population of decayed Southern white gentry, merchants, farmers, poor whites, and persecuted blacks, Faulkner told about the South, and of how Southerners continue to carry the burden of its history.

William Faulkner left high school before graduating and attended university only briefly, dropping out in the first semester of his sophomore year. Despondent over a love affair and inspired by aspirations for military glory, he joined the Canadian Royal Air Force but never saw active service. Upon returning to Oxford, he was appointed postmaster of the University of Mississippi, a job he proved unable to maintain.

William Faulkner (September 25, 1897 – July 6, 1962) was a Nobel Prize-winning American author. One of the most influential writers of the 20th century, his reputation is based on his novels, novellas and short stories. He was also a published poet and an occasional screenwriter.

Most of Faulkner's works are set in his native state of Mississippi. He is considered one of the most important Southern writers along with Mark Twain, Robert Penn Warren, Flannery O'Connor, Truman Capote, Eudora Welty, and Tennessee Williams.

While his work was published regularly starting in the mid 1920s, Faulkner was relatively unknown before receiving the 1949 Nobel Prize in Literature. Since then, he has often been cited as one of the most important writers in the history of American literature.

The past is never dead. It's not even past. ”

— From Requiem for a Nun by William Faulkner