The only place you can find Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi, is in the Nobel Prize-winning fiction of William Faulkner. The imagined lives of its residents form an exploration of suffering, love and family that has been acknowledged as one of the great literary achievements of the 20th century. Along the way, Faulkner set a tone for Southern literature that influences writers decades later.
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Also Known As:
William Cuthbert Falkner (real name)
Date of Birth:
September 25, 1897
Place of Birth:
New Albany, Mississippi
Date of Death:
July 6, 1962
|Place of Death:
Nobel Prize for Literature, 1950; two Pulitzers, and several others
|Good to Know|
|While Faulkner officially earned the Nobel Prize in Literature for the year 1949, he did not actually receive it until the next year, as the Nobel committee could not reach a consensus. Thus, two Nobel prizes were awarded in 1950 -- for the prior year and for the present one. The speech Faulkner delivered upon accepting the prize was unfortunately nearly unintelligible to his audience, due to his strong southern dialect (and because the microphone was apparently not close enough to his mouth), but when it appeared in newspapers the next day, it was praised as one of the most significant addresses ever delivered at a Nobel ceremony.|
|Library of America Editions||A Faulkner Primer|
|William Faulkner: Novels 1930-1935|
William Faulkner, Noel Polk (Editor), Joseph Blotner (Editor)
The Library of America published four volumes that corrected past editorial adjustments and presented the works according to Faulkner's original intentions, based on extant typescripts and galley revisions. The first volume includes As I Lay Dying, Sanctuary, Light in August, and Pylon.
|The Portable Faulkner|
This 1946 grouping of short pieces was responsible for re-introducing Faulkner to the literati. In fact, the book's introduction is considered by scholars to be one of the most effective pieces ever written about the legendary author.
|Photo by The William Faulkner Society||