December 15, 2017

Today in History: William Faulkner

William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury (1929)
Today in History–September 25–the Library of Congress features writer William Faulkner, born on this day in 1897. Faulkner spent much of his youth in Oxford, Mississippi, later transforming what he knew into great literary works. A writer of deep insight, Faulkner also experimented with form and format; he won the 1949 Nobel Prize for Literature and two subsequent Pulitzer Prizes. Learn more about this master of American literature by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources related to William Faulkner.

William Faulkner brief bio from America’s Library

William Faulkner image set

Philip Avery Stone to John Sharp Williams requesting support for William Faulkner’s appointment as postmaster at the University of Mississippi, 1 May 1922

The Sound and the Fury exhibit item (from the Books That Shaped America online exhibition)

To the voters of Oxford, beer broadside by William Faulkner, 1950

William Faulkner & the Ledgers of History streaming webcast discussing the connection between Faulkner’s works and a wealthy plantation owner’s mid-1800s diary

Faulkner and Hemingway: Biography of a Literary Rivalry streaming webcast

William Faulkner on the Web University of Mississippi

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