William Cuthbert Faulkner, 1897 - 1962

portrait of William Faulkner
Portrait by Carl Van Vechten (1954)

Born: 25 September 1897, New Albany, Mississippi
Died: 6 July 1962, Byhalia, Mississippi

Born William Cuthbert Falkner, the family moved to Oxford, Mississippi when William was five. He took to both oil painting and poetry at an early age but gave up on visual art in sixth grade, turning to prose and modeling his work on the Romantic era of English literature. He grew up listening to the stories and the dialog of his large extended family, he called the community he grew up in his "postage stamp". Too short to be accepted for military service in the US, he went to Canada to join the British Royal Flaying Corps (adding the "U" to his surname in the process), training in both Canada and Britain, but leaving at the end of the war without seeing action. This did not prevent him from acquiring the uniform of a lieutenant, a rank he never reached, and posing in it at home in Mississippi. In 1919 he started at the University of Mississippi, completing three semesters before dropping out. He wrote twenty novels, 150 short stories, and six volumes of poetry, largely based on the lives and stories of the people around him. Some of them didn't enjoy being displayed for the world to enjoy, but the world enjoyed the telling. He won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1949 and picked up two Pulitzers. Today's quotes are Faulkner on writing. He had a lifelong problem with alcohol, but rather than nurse a bottle while writing he tended to binge after a project was over. He served as the first Writer-in-Residence at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville for several months in 1947. An avid rider, he suffered several injuries in the last few years of his life, checking himself into Wright's Sanitarium after the last of them. It was there that he had his fatal heart attack.

Biography from Wikipedia and University of Mississippi

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