Faulkner, William Cuthbert


Faulkner, William Cuthbert
(1897-1962)
   William Faulkner was one of the greatest southern writers of the 20th century. Born William Cuthbert Faulkner in Mississippi, he had a desultory education, worked in the family bank, and spent some time at the University of Mississippi. Rejected by the U.S. Army, Faulkner joined the British Royal Air Force in Canada in 1918. After the war, he studied at the University of Mississippi from 1919 to 1921 and published various poems and reviews. He earned a living as postmaster at the University until 1924. His first book, The Marble Faun, was published that year and was followed by many others, including Soldier’s Pay (1926), Sartoris (1929), The Sound and the Fury (1929), As I Lay Dying (1930), Sanctuary (1931), Light in August (1932), Absalom, Absalom! (1936), Intruder in the Dust (1948), Requiem for a Nun (1951), and The Reivers (1962). In many of his novels, he traced the decline of the Old South through the stories of fictional families in “Jefferson,” a composite Mississippi town in the mythical county of Yoknapatawpha.
   Despite his prodigious output, Faulkner was not widely known for some time but regarded as a southern “regional” writer. He supplemented his income from royalties by writing film scripts, contributing to the Howard Hawks’s movies To Have and Have Not (1944) and The Big Sleep (1946). The publication of The Portable Faulkner in 1946 brought him to a wider audience. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1950 “for his powerful and artistically unique contribution to the modern American novel.” A Fable (1954) was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1955, and The Reivers received the same award in 1963.

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  • Faulkner, William (Cuthbert) — orig. William Cuthbert Falkner (25 sep. 1897, New Albany, Miss., EE.UU.–6 jul. 1962, Byhalia, Miss.). Escritor estadounidense. Desertó de la secundaria y sólo cursó la enseñanza superior durante un breve período. Pasó la mayor parte de su vida en …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Faulkner, William (Cuthbert) — orig. William Cuthbert Falkner born Sept. 25, 1897, New Albany, Miss., U.S. died July 6, 1962, Byhalia, Miss. U.S. writer. Faulkner dropped out of high school and only briefly attended college. He spent most of his life in Oxford, Miss. He is… …   Universalium

  • Faulkner, William — ▪ American author Introduction in full  William Cuthbert Faulkner,  original surname  Falkner  born Sept. 25, 1897, New Albany, Miss., U.S. died July 6, 1962, Byhalia, Miss.  American novelist and short story writer who was awarded the 1949 Nobel …   Universalium

  • William Cuthbert Faulkner — noun United States novelist (originally Falkner) who wrote about people in the southern United States (1897 1962) • Syn: ↑Faulkner, ↑William Faulkner, ↑Falkner, ↑William Falkner • Instance Hypernyms: ↑novelist …   Useful english dictionary

  • William Faulkner — noun United States novelist (originally Falkner) who wrote about people in the southern United States (1897 1962) • Syn: ↑Faulkner, ↑William Cuthbert Faulkner, ↑Falkner, ↑William Falkner • Instance Hypernyms: ↑novelist * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • William — /wil yeuhm/, n. 1. a word formerly used in communications to represent the letter W. 2. a male given name: from Germanic words meaning will and helmet. * * * (as used in expressions) Huddie William Ledbetter Aberhart William George William… …   Universalium

  • William — (as used in expressions) William Alexander Abbott Aberhart, William George William Russell Amis, Sir Kingsley (William) Ashley, William Henry Ashton, Sir Frederick (William Mallandaine) Barkley, Alben W(illiam) Bartram, William William Allen… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Cuthbert — /kuth beuhrt/, n. Saint, A.D. c635 687, English monk and bishop. * * * (as used in expressions) Cuthbert Saint Faulkner William Cuthbert William Cuthbert Falkner * * * …   Universalium

  • Faulkner — noun United States novelist (originally Falkner) who wrote about people in the southern United States (1897 1962) • Syn: ↑William Faulkner, ↑William Cuthbert Faulkner, ↑Falkner, ↑William Falkner • Instance Hypernyms: ↑novelist …   Useful english dictionary

  • William Falkner — noun United States novelist (originally Falkner) who wrote about people in the southern United States (1897 1962) • Syn: ↑Faulkner, ↑William Faulkner, ↑William Cuthbert Faulkner, ↑Falkner • Instance Hypernyms: ↑novelist …   Useful english dictionary

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