Born September 25, 1897 in New Albany, Mississippi, William Cuthbert Falkner, titled after his great-grandfather Colonel Falkner, (the “u” was later added by William Faulkner’s own desire) is classified as a brilliant novelist, poet, scriptwriter, and author; although, in the safe bet of some critics Faulkner is mostly distinguished as a short story writer. His short stories are passionate, deep, and intense, with a mystic way of luring its readers into the deceptive community of Yoknapatawpha, an elusive township created by Faulkner to express the Mississippi atmosphere he recalled growing up in. Faulkner’s writings are said to have been composed on a remarkable scale, the universal integrity of human beings. Nevertheless it was Faulkner’s family, the places he lived, and his life-style that were the cutting-edge inspiration behind his writings.
Conceivably the best way to define Faulkner is by describe his heritage. Similar to a lot of his fictional characters, Faulkner was deeply affected by his family. The Faulkner family was a close and vibrant Southern family. By noticing the specific details of the society Yoknapatawpha, it could be interpreted that Faulkner comes from a higher middle class family, one somewhat not of the old-fashioned upper class ways. Faulkner 's great grandfather, Colonel William Falkner, was born in 1825, at the age of fourteen he moved to Mississippi. He was a lawyer, writer, politician, soldier, and visionary who was involved in justifiably quite a few murder trials, including two in which he was accused. Colonel Falkner ran for Mississippi state legislature in 1889, but his opponent shot and killed him before the election. Faulkner’s granddad was the colonel 's eldest son, John W...
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...ver dead, but somehow endless and repeating; therefore history is only a block or two away. Although his works of fictions generally deal with dark subjects, and a number of alarming characters, he does give emphasis to hope. Since his death, Faulkner 's work has been more fully respected. Even his funeral was a scene praiseworthy of Faulkner’s pen. As a matter of fact, his 1942 novel Go Down, Moses ends with an amazingly similar funeral procession. A hearse carrying the lifeless body of another native son through the streets of a small north Mississippi town on a “bright scorching” July afternoon, slowly passing before an mixed-race crowd of viewers “into the square, crossing it, circling the Confederate monument and the courthouse while the merchants and clerks and barbers and professional men . . . watched quietly from doors and upstairs windows . . .” (Faulkner)
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