William Faulkner

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William Faulkner William Faulkner, one of the greatest Southern authors of all time, wrote primarily about the fictional county of Yoknapatawpha, Mississippi. To do so, he did most of his writings based on his own past experiences, the history of Oxford and New Albany, Mississippi, and the history of his family. He also wrote in the many short stories, poems, and books his own views and feelings about Southern tradition, contemporary chaos (his idea that existence is kind of pointless, violence and horror also make up this theme), and man's future and role as a human being (he believed that man's hope lies in making life simpler). There were many events in the infamous William Faulkner's life that helped to mold him into the man that he was and influenced him enough to make him go down the paths that he did.

A small wiry man with closely cropped gray hair, a dark mustache, a thin high bridged nose, deeply set brown eyes (where melancholy, calculation and humor were reflected); William Faulkner looked different than he acted.

He looked more like a river gambler and he acted like a farmer. Many of his stories were about farmers and river gamblers, or at least had them as main characters. In most of his work, he expressed himself and incorporated his own personality.

Faulkner had a manner about him that was easy and courteous. He was speculative like a sleepy cat who could in the wink of and eye kill a mouse. He was very southern in his manners, morals, speech and social conduct. In spite of being easy to like he wasn't very social. William broke the drive up to his house with ruts to discourage people from visiting. He wished to be an enigma. He disliked publicity or public notice...



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