William Cuthbert Faulkner 's Life

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William Cuthbert Faulkner is more than a famous Mississippi writer. He is a renowned figure, not only for Southern writers, but for writers throughout the world. Faulkner drew the scenes and characters for his novels and short stories from observations made during his childhood and adult life in his hometown, Oxford, Mississippi. During what is generally considered his period of greatest artistic achievement, a span of forty years, from 1929 to 1942, Faulkner accomplished more than most writers accomplish in a lifetime of writing (Minter 2). Because of his dedication to his writing and the acceptance of his ideas by readers from around the world, Faulkner was awarded the 1949 Nobel Prize for Literature. Faulkner is a writer who utilizes…show more content…
In July 1918, compelled by despair at a broken love affair, Faulkner joined the British Royal Air Force (RAF) as a cadet pilot under training in Canada. After returning home, he enrolled for a few university courses, published poems and drawings in campus newspapers. After working in a New York bookstore for three months in the fall of 1921, he returned to Oxford and ran the university post office there. In 1924 Phil Stone’s financial assistance enabled him to publish his first piece, The Marble Faun. There were also early short stories, but Faulkner’s first sustained attempt to write fiction occurred during a six-month visit to New Orleans.
One of the most unique creations to come from Faulkner’s writings is the region of Yoknapatawpha County, an imaginary area in Mississippi with an intriguing history and a diverse population. Transforming his “postage stamp of native soil” into a fictional setting allowed Faulkner to explore, articulate and challenge “the old verities and truths of the heart” (Millgate, “William Faulkner” 1). Faulkner, being a product of the Deep South, held onto his southern values and wanted to challenge his readers to not only understand his setting but wishes for them to explore it. Yoknapatawpha County is a condensed version of the South as a whole, and Faulkner’s novels examine the effects of traditional values and authority on all
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