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“A writer needs three things, experience, observation, and imagination, any two of which, at times any one of which, can supply the lack of the others.”- William Faulkner. William Faulkner was an award winning writer. He wrote many different types of literature, each very intricate in its own way.  He won a Nobel Prize in Literature and two Pulitzer Prizes. One of his most famous books, the fourth book he wrote, is The Sound and the Fury.

Faulkner wrote in many different ways. “ Faulkner wrote novels, short stories, a play, poetry, essays, and screenplays.” ("William Faulkner." Wikipedia.) Most of his short stories and novels were based off of Mississippi. He made fictional lands off of where he grew up and wrote in that area. “From the early 1920s to the outbreak of World War II, when he left for California, Faulkner published 13 novels and many short stories.”("William Faulkner." Wikipedia.) Faulkner prodigious writing was for the reason of money. His success then led him to be a Nobel Prize winner and famous southern writer.

He won a Nobel Prize in literature at the age of 52. “I feel that this award was not made to me as a man, but to my work - a life's work in the agony and sweat of the human spirit, not for glory and least of all for profit, but to create out of the materials of the human spirit something which did not exist before.”("William Faulkner - Banquet Speech") He believed that the award was representing his work in a way. Faulkner believed that this award was for all the hard work and time he spent writing. “He must teach himself that the basest of all things is to be afraid; and, teaching himself that, forget it forever, leaving no room in his workshop for anything but the old verities and truths of the heart, the old universal truths lacking which any story is ephemeral and doomed - love and honor and pity and pride and compassion and sacrifice. Until he does so, he labors under a curse.” ("William Faulkner - Banquet Speech") In his acceptance speech, Faulkner talks about how writers need to find the way of writing. He says that they write with lust not love and that they need to remind the world of courage and passion.

William Faulkner is one of the greatest southern writers of his time. From just trying to make money to winning awards, he has shaped the United States in his own way. He had a big impact on the writing of the south, leading it in a different way than the rest of the US. He inspired many others to write, either in his style or to try writing. “Read, read, read. Read everything -- trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it's good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out of the window.” ― William Faulkner.

Sources :

"Books That Shaped America 1900 to 1950." 1900 to 1950 - Books That Shaped America | Exhibitions - Library of Congress. N.p., 25 June 2012. Web. 16 Apr. 2017. Cape, J., and H. Smith. The Sound and the Fury. 1929. The Library Of Congress, New York.

"Southern United States Literature." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 02 Apr. 2017. Web. 16 Apr. 2017.

SULLIVAN, JOHN JEREMIAH. "How William Faulkner Tackled Race — and Freed the South From Itself." New York Times 28 June 2012: n. pag. Web. 16 Apr. 2017.

"William Faulkner - Banquet Speech". Nobel Media AB 2014. Web. 17 Apr 2017.

"William Faulkner." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 16 Apr. 2017. Web. 17 Apr. 2017.

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