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American writer and Nobel Prize laureate from Oxford, Mississippi. Faulkner wrote novels, william faulkner biography pdf stories, a play, poetry, essays, and screenplays. He...

American writer and Nobel Prize laureate from Oxford, Mississippi. Faulkner wrote novels, william faulkner biography pdf stories, a play, poetry, essays, and screenplays.


He is primarily known for his novels and short stories set in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County, based on Lafayette County, Mississippi, where he spent most of his life. Faulkner is one of the most celebrated writers in American literature generally and Southern literature specifically.

Though his work was published as early as 1919, and largely during the 1920s and 1930s, Faulkner was not widely known until receiving the 1949 Nobel Prize in Literature, for which he became the only Mississippi-born Nobel winner. His first published story, “A Rose for Emily”, is one of the most famous an American has written. Following the sale of the railroad business, Murry became disappointed and planned a new start for his family by moving to Texas and becoming a rancher.

Maud disagreed with this proposition, and they moved to Oxford, Mississippi, where Murry’s father owned several businesses, making it easy for Murry to find work. Thus, four days prior to William’s fifth birthday on September 21, 1902, the Falkner family settled in Oxford, where he lived on and off for the rest of his life. Both his mother and grandmother were avid readers and also painters and photographers, educating him in visual language. While Murry enjoyed the outdoors and encouraged his sons to hunt, track, and fish, Maud valued education and took pleasure in reading and going to church.

She taught her sons to read before sending them to public school and exposed them to classics such as Charles Dickens and Grimms’ Fairy Tales. Faulkner’s lifelong education by Callie Barr is central to his novels’ preoccupations with the politics of sexuality and race. As a schoolchild, Faulkner had success early on. He excelled in the first grade, skipped the second, and did well through the third and fourth grades.

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