William Faulkner Attends the University of Mississippi

Faulkner was raised in and heavily influenced by the state of Mississippi, as well as by the history and culture of the South as a whole.

When he was four years old, his entire family moved to the nearby town of Oxford, where he lived on and off for the rest of his life.

Faulkner attended the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) in Oxford where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon social fraternity. He enrolled at Ole Miss in 1919, and attended three semesters before dropping out in November 1920.

After the war, Faulkner briefly studied literature at the University of Mississippi. He continued writing poetry and also drew cartoons for the university's humor magazine, The Scream. The magazine's editor recalled, "I liked the cartoons better than the poetry."