William Cuthbert 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.
- Literary Allusion Title: The Wild Palms (If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem), from Psalm 137:5.
- Great White Hunter: "Go Down, Moses"- Isaac Mc Caslin is one, and the novel itself is rife with hunting imagery.
- One Steve Limit: Averted with the Sartoris family, introduced in Sartoris; as a matter of tradition the men of the family are all named either John or Bayard.
- Stranger in a Familiar Land: In Flags in the Dust, where Bayard has to deal with coming home from WWI when his twin brother...didn't.