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Faulkner, William Cuthbert

Born: 1897 AD
Died: 1962 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Authors, Novelists, Writers

1897 – Born on September 25th in New Albany, Mississippi. An American Nobel Prize-winning novelist and short story writer who is acclaimed throughout the world as one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers.

1918 – Married his childhood sweetheart, Estelle Oldham on April 18th at Oxford.

1919 – Enrolled at the University of Mississippi in Oxford under a special provision for war veteran.

        – His first published poem, “L’Apres-Midi d’un Faune”, appeared in The New Republic.

1920 – Helped found a dramatic club on campus called “The Marionettes,” for which he wrote a one-act play titled The Marionettes but which was never staged.

1921 – Took a job in New York City as an assistant in a bookstore managed by Elizabeth Prall.

1924 – He wrote "The Sound and the Fury".

1925 – Moved to New Orleans and fell in with a literary crowd which included Sherwood Anderson and centered around The Double Dealer, a literary magazine whose credits include the first published works of Hart Crane, Ernest Hemingway, Robert Penn Warren, and Edmund Wilson.

1926 – His first novel, "Soldiers’ Pay" was published by Boni and Liveright in an edition of 2,500 copies.

1929 – His purged novel, trimmed by about a third, was published in January under the title "Sartoris".

        – The novel, "The Sound and the Fury" was published.

1930 – Bought a decrepit antebellum house in Oxford, which plunged him further into debt but in which he would find comfort and pleasure for the rest of his life.

        – Saw the first national publication of a short story he had written, “A Rose for Emily,” in Forum magazine.

1932 – Signed a six-week contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and in May Faulkner initiated what would be the first of many stints as screenwriter in Hollywood.

1934 – Published a second collection of stories, "Doctor Martino and Other Stories".

1935 – He published the non-Yoknapatawpha novel "Pylon", which was inspired apparently by the death of Captain Merle Nelson during an air show at the inauguration of an airport in New Orleans.

1939 – Was elected to the National Institute of Arts and Letters.

1940 – His first book of the Snopes trilogy, "The Hamlet" was published by Random House.

1942 – Wrote another novel entitled, "Go Down, Moses".

1944 – Began writing a screenplay adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s detective novel "The Big Sleep".

1950 – Collaborated with Joan William on "Requiem for a Nun", a part-prose, part-play sequel to "Sanctuary".

1962 – He died from heart attack at the age of 64.