1954 photograph of William Faulkner by Karl Van Vechten.

William Cuthbert Faulkner (September 25, 1897 - July 6, 1962) was an American author whose works include novels, short stories, poems, essays, one play and screenplays. Faulkner won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1954 and 1962 and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1949.


Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.
-- William Faulkner[1]


  • The Sound and the Fury (1929)
  • Sanctuary (1931)
  • Absalom, Absalom! (1936)
  • As I Lay Dying


  1. William Faulkner on Brainy

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