Fun Facts Friday: William Faulkner

William Faulkner (25 September, 1897 – 6 July, 1962) was an American writer of plays, short stories, essays, screenplays and novels.

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  1. Faulkner is known for a genre called Southern literature.
  2. The fictional Yoknapatawpha County is said to be modeled on Oxford, Mississippi.
  3. Author John Faulkner is William Faulkner’s younger brother.
  4. It is not known whether Faulkner changed his last name from the original “Falkner” or, according to one story at least, a typesetter made an error.
  5. Even though he was known as having alcoholism issues, Mr. Faulkner never drank while he wrote (but he binged afterwards).
  6. Faulkner was known to have several extramarital affairs.
  7. In 1949 Mr. Faulkner received the Nobel Prize in Literature for “his powerful and artistically unique contribution to the modern American novel”.
  8. Faulkner is the winner of two Pulitzer prizes. The first in 1955 for his novel A Fable (1954) and the second in 1963, awarded posthumously for his novel The Reivers (1962).
  9. In 1987, the United State Postal Service issued 22 cent stamp in his honor.
  10. Faulkner served as Postmaster at the University of Mississippi in 1923, below is his letter of resignation:

    As long as I live under the capitalistic system, I expect to have my life influenced by the demands of moneyed people. But I will be damned if I propose to be at the beck and call of every itinerant scoundrel who has two cents to invest in a postage stamp.

    This, sir, is my resignation

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