William Faulkner (25 September, 1897 – 6 July, 1962) was an American writer of plays, short stories, essays, screenplays and novels.
- Faulkner is known for a genre called Southern literature.
- The fictional Yoknapatawpha County is said to be modeled on Oxford, Mississippi.
- Author John Faulkner is William Faulkner’s younger brother.
- 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.
- Even though he was known as having alcoholism issues, Mr. Faulkner never drank while he wrote (but he binged afterwards).
- Faulkner was known to have several extramarital affairs.
- In 1949 Mr. Faulkner received the Nobel Prize in Literature for “his powerful and artistically unique contribution to the modern American novel”.
- 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).
- In 1987, the United State Postal Service issued 22 cent stamp in his honor.
- 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
Zohar – Man of la Book