The Life of William Faulkner

Broc Bosse


William Faulkner was born in the town of New Albany, Mississippi on September 25, 1897. He lived out his life of being a famous author and later died on July 6, 1962 in Byhalia, Mississippi. Most of his early work consisted of poetry even though he became famous from his novels set in the American South, often including his self thought Yoknapatawpha County. Not only did Faulkner become famous from the novels he wrote, but also by winning the Nobel Prize for literature in 1949.


William Cuthbert Falkner was how his name was originally spelled when he was a child. William's parents Murry and Maud Falkner named him after his great grandfather who was named William Clark Falkner. After the death of his grandfather, William held on to his great grandfather's legacy by writing about him in the majority of his early novels that were set in the American South. While becoming a teenager William took on the hobby of drawing along with reading and writing poetry. With being highly intelligent, Faulkner found no interest in school and dropped out never earning a high school diploma.

Famous Work

A few of William Faulkner's well know works consist of: The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying, and Absalom, Absalom. Two of his earlier novels were, The Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying did not sell well and make a good profit once they were published and put in stores. One of his most famous works was Absalom, Absalom!, this was what he considered along with many others as a masterpiece. This novel still did not sell well which in turn forced Faulkner to work in Hollywood as a screenwriter.