Profile of the Day: William Faulkner

Posted September 25, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: William Faulkner

William Faulkner

Remember reading The Sound of the Fury? Today we remember author William Faulkner, who was born on this day 120 years ago.

The author was the first of four sons born to Murry Cuthbert Falkner and Maud Butler. Born in Albany, Mississippi, Faulkner’s experiences growing up in the South greatly influenced his writings. He was named after his great-grandfather, William Clark Falkner, and grew up hearing stories about the “Old Colonel,” who was a successful businessman, writer, and Civil War hero.

In 1949, Faulkner received the Nobel Prize in Literature for his body of work. Considered one of the most acclaimed novelists in American literature, Faulkner also supplemented his income by selling short stories to magazines and working as a Hollywood screenwriter.

Did you know Faulkner’s novel, As I Lay Dying, has been banned across many American public schools despite being consistently ranked as one of the best novels of the 20th century? This week also marks the 35th annual celebration of Banned Books Week. Check out Faulkner’s family tree and the family trees of other banned authors in the Banned Authors project on Geni.

View William Faulkner’s Geni Profile


Image: Library of Congress

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