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Faulkner, William Cuthbert (William Cuthbert Falkner)

Born: 1897 AD
Died: 1962 AD, at 64 years of age.

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.



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