Friday, September 25, 2009


William Faulkner was born on this date in 1897 in Mississippi, one year and one day after F. Scott Fitzgerald. Faulkner was part of the growing Southern literary heritage of the early Twentieth Century and his writing facility may have eclipsed his fellow Southern writers of that era, including Tennessee Williams, Robert Penn Warren, Margaret Mitchell, Sherwood Anderson, Carson McCullers, Harper Lee, John Kennedy Toole, and of course many others. Some of Faulkner's most known works include The Sound and the Fury (1929), As I Lay Dying (1930), Light in August (1932), Absalom, Absalom (1936), Requiem for a Nun (1951), The Reivers (1962), along with many other novels, novellas and short stories. Faulkner won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1949. He passed away July 6, 1962 in Mississippi.

[This concludes major literary birthdays, at least for a while. It should not be too surprising that birthdays tend to stack up in late September, given the holiday period nine months previous. Never mind.]

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