William Cuthbert Faulkner was born September 25 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 …
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Lowe, John. "William Faulkner". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 July 2001
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