William Faulkner is a Giant

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“The man himself never stood taller than five feet, six inches tall, but in the realm of American literature, William Faulkner is a giant.”(Padgett, olemiss.edu) He was a Nobel Prize- winning novelist and a short story writer. Faulkner was acclaimed as one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers. From The Sound and the Fury in 1929 to Go Down, Moses in 1942, was considered his greatest artistic achievement and accomplished more artistically then most artists in their lifetime of writing. (Padgett, olemiss.edu) William Cuthbert Falkner (as his named was then spelled) was born in New Albany, Mississippi on September 25, 1897. He was the first born of four sons to Murry and Maud Butler Falkner. He was named after his great- grandfather,…show more content…
As the years went on, he would become more and more successful. He would work more as a screenwriter and publish many novels and short stories and have a William Faulkner Foundation at the University of Virginia. “In March 1959, Faulkner broke his collarbone in a fall from a horse at Farmington, a kind of accident that would continue to plague Faulkner for the remaining years of his life.” (Padgett, olemiss.edu) But in January of 1961, he willed all of his manuscripts of the William Faulkner Foundation. And a year after that, he suffered a fall from a horse that would force him into a hospital stay. On June 17, he would suffer from another fall from a horse. In constant pain now, he asked on July 5 to be taken to the hospital. Less than eight hours later, at about 1:30 a.m. on July 6 his heart stopped. The doctors would apply external heart massage for forty- five minutes but could not resuscitate him. William Faulkner would die of a heart attack on his great-grandfather’s birthday. (Padgett, olemiss.edu) “He was buried on July 7 at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Oxford.” (Padgett, olemiss.edu) William Faulkner was considered one of America’s greatest writers, and used his upbringing in a lot of his work. Since Faulkner was born in Mississippi, his southern upbringing contributed heavily in his most famous works. His southern upbringing contributed a lot in The Sound of Fury and Absalom! Absalom! (enotes.com) A great deal
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