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Faulkner, Williamlocked

(25 September 1897–06 July 1962)
  • David Minter

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Faulkner, William (25 September 1897–06 July 1962), short-story writer and novelist, was born William Cuthbert Falkner in New Albany, Mississippi, the son of Murry Cuthbert Falkner, who was working for the family railroad at the time, and Maud Butler, an amateur painter. Although he was born in New Albany, Mississippi, and then lived briefly in the small Mississippi town of Ripley, he grew up and lived most of his life in Oxford, Mississippi, where his family moved in 1902. There, surrounded by a large, prominent family that was deeply entangled in the history of northern Mississippi, he began listening to family stories that were told and retold at small gatherings as well as large reunions. Before and long after his brief stint in Oxford’s public schools, he also read avidly, first under the tutelage of his demanding mother and later under the tutelage of his friend Phil Stone, whose library included many of the major texts of turn-of-the-century “modernism.”...

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