William Faulkner

(3733 words)

William Cuthbert Faulkner was born September 24 1897 in New Albany, Mississippi, where his father Murray was working for the railroad that William's namesake and great grandfather, the “Old Colonel” had helped found. The family soon moved to nearby Oxford, where Faulkner would spend most of his life; although small and isolated, the town was the site of the University of Mississippi, where the rather ordinary, hard-drinking Murray eventually became business manager. Young William unsurprisingly looked back to Colonel William Clark Falkner for a role model; this ancestor, a Civil War hero, had also been a popular writer, a local political leader, and a railroad pioneer. Young Bill was instilled with these family legends by …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are not a subscriber, please click here to read about membership. All our articles have been written recently by experts in their field, more than 95% of them university professors.

Citation:
Lowe, John. "William Faulkner". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 July 2001
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=4923, accessed 01 September 2014.]

Articles on Faulkner's works

  1. A Rose for Emily
  2. Absalom, Absalom!
  3. As I Lay Dying
  4. Go Down, Moses
  5. Light in August
  6. Sanctuary
  7. The Hamlet
  8. The Sound and the Fury

Related Groups

  1. Nobel Prize-winners
  2. Literature of the American South