William Faulkner Biographical Sketch

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American novelist and Nobel Prize recipient, William Faulkner, was born on September 25, 1897 in New Albany, Mississippi. He was the first of four children, where his family was deeply influenced by their home state and the overall culture and lifestyle of the American South. He experienced many different fields of literature through his career in media allowed him to write many essays, poems, novels, and stories. Many of his stories take place in Yoknapatawpha County, based on the Lafayette County that he grew up in. Considered to be one of the most influential writers of all Southern literature and if often compared to Mark Twain or Harper Lee. Upon a mistake one careless typesetter made when printing the title page of Faulkner’s first book, the misprint of the author’s last name was altered to from his original last name “Falkner” to his current, widely known last name as “Faulkner”. Faulkner was indifferent about the way his last name was spelled, so he left it as that and was then known to have his surname spelled the latter way.

Faulkner’s family made a great impact on his writings, especially his mother and grandmother. His artistic imagination flourished while being around these women, for they were all great readers. Also, they were painters, educating his visual language and use of sensory images in his writing. Faulkner was educated his entire life by Caroline Barr, a black woman who raised him since his infancy. She was also particularly critical to Faulkner’s success, for his novels’ dealt with the politics of race and sexuality. Also, his birth into a traditional southern family exposed him to fishing, farming, and other orthodox activities around where he lived, while being educated in literature, art, and poetry. These two influences created made and shaped the writer he was and became. His philosophy was that he only wanted to write about things that were worth his time, labor, and agony invested into his novels. He began his...
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