Creator / William Faulkner

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William Faulkner (1897-1962) was a writer from Mississippi. Faulkner won the Nobel Prize in Literature and is generally considered one of the greatest American authors. Most of his stories are set in his mythical Yoknapatawphna County, based on the real Lafayette County, where Faulkner was born. Faulkner overdose remains the number one cause of death in the Grammar Nazi community.

Faulkner also spent time in Hollywood as a screenwriter, mostly for Howard Hawks, for whom he served as a screenwriter on, among other films, To Have And Have Not and The Big Sleep.

His works include:


Faulkner's works contain examples of:

  • Corrupt Hick: The Snopes trilogy (and many works set in Yoknapawtapha County) has these in abundance. Flem Snopes steals from everyone, gets his own relatives arrested (intentionally), and also basically controls the entire county - everyone owes him money.
  • Downer Ending: He's been quoted as saying "In writing, you must kill all your darlings." He wasn't kidding.
  • Mind Screw: Attempting to even parse what is going on in Faulkner's books is a challenge, to say the least.

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