William Faulkner


William Faulkner Trivia


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    • Faulkner's writing style was the focus of the Faux Faulkner awards, started in 1990, a contest in which people could send in their versions of how Faulkner would have written about particular people and situations. It continued through 2005, when it's then corporate sponsor, United Airlines, would publish the winners in their in-flight magazine, Hemispheres, provided free to travelers on their planes. That year, a parody of the Bush Administration modeled after Faulkner's The Sound And The Fury, entitled, "The Administration And The Fury," written by Sam Apple, attracted a great deal of controversy in both it's subject matter and United's decision to publish it on their website, rather than the magazine itself, which led many to believe United was practicing corporate censorship of freedom of speech. The contest has not been held since, and it is unclear whether United will remain a sponsor at this point in time.

    • Faulkner was featured on a 22 cent U.S. Postal Service stamp, on August 3, 1987.

    • Faulkner died at Wright's Sanitarium, in Byhalia, MS.

    • Actor John Maxwell has performed as Faulkner in a one-man stage show since 1981 entitled Oh, Mr. Faulkner, Do You Write?

    • Buried in Oxford Memorial Cemetary in Oxford, MS.

    • Faulkner was one of the few residents of Mississippi who condemned racial segregation during the 1950's but he also opposed Federal intervention in the issue.

    • Faulkner had one daughter, Jill, who survived to adulthood. Another daughter died in infancy.

    • In 1939, Faulkner was elected to the National Institute of Arts and Letters.

    • Faulkner married Estelle Oldham Franklin, a divorcee, in 1929. They remained married until his death.

    • Today We Live, filmed in 1932, was the first movie in which Faulkner go screenplay credit and the only one based on one of his own works--a short story.

    • Faulkner served as the postmaster at the University of Mississippi from 1922 to 1924. He was eventually removed from this position by the postal service for drinking on the job and inattention to his duties.

    • Faulkner was the oldest of four sons born to Murray and Maud Falkner.

    • Faulkner served as writer-in-residence at the University of Virginia from 1957 until his death in 1962.

    • Faulkner donated his Nobel Prize winnings to establishing a fund for the support and development of new writers.

    • Faulkner once said that rival Ernest Hemingway lacked courage as a writer. Hemingway replied that Faulkner lacked talent.

    • Faulkner was reportedly intoxicated when he gave his Nobel Prize acceptance speech in 1949.

    • Faulkner was an alcoholic who frequently went on prolonged drinking binges after major accomplishments.

    • Faulkner helped write screenplays for the films To Have and Have Not and The Big Sleep.

    • Faulkner's former home, Rowan Oak, is now a museum operated by the University of Mississippi.

    • Faulkner named his home Rowan Oak.

    • Faulkner's only play, Requeim for a Nun, is a sequel to his novel Sanctuary.

    • Faulkner said he wrote his novel Sanctuary in order to make money.

    • Faulkner's first novel was entitled Soldier's Pay.

    • During World War I, Faulkner was rejected for service in the U.S. Army because of his heighth.

    • Faulkner's great-grandfather, William Clark Faulkner, was the model for Colonel John Sartoris, a character in several of his novels.

    • Faulkner's fictional Yoknapatawpha County, the setting for most of his novels and short stories, was patterned upon Faulkner's real county, Lafayette. The name came from the bordering Yokona River that was once called the Yockney-Patafah.

    • The Falkner family had long ago dropped the "u" from their name, but William Faulkner added it back to his when he enlisted with the RAF in Toronto.

    • Faulkner spent most of his life in Oxford, Mississippi.

    • Faulkner was quite prolific as a writer and published 19 novels, more than 80 short stories, two books of poetry, and numerous essays in a writing career that spanned over three decades.

    • In 1949, Faulkner received the Nobel Prize for literature.

    • Faulkner was a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. The first award was in 1954 for A Fable. The second was in 1962 for The Reivers.

    • Though considered one his weaker novels, A Fable by William Faulkner earned both the National Book Award for Fiction and a Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

    • This literary giant stood only 5'6" tall.

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