William Faulkner, A True Southerner

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Any one who’s ever visited the south has a true appreciation for the writings of William Faulkner. Everything ever written by William Faulkner has a trace of the South that can be felt by just reading his words. Growing up in Mississippi, Faulkner was exposed to the Deep South and everything it had to offer, both good and bad. Through his writings, William tackles some of the most difficult issues of his time period and sheds light to the every day issues going on in the South. William Faulkner set the precedent for future generations, and he will arguably never be contested in his southern style. Without William Faulkner, American literature would be blind to the truth of the South and all its glory.
Faulkner’s slow-paced, southern Mississippian upbringing was the most prominent influence of his writings. Growing up in the deep-south cannot compare to anywhere else on the planet and William Faulkner’s entire family heralded from Mississippi. His grandfather was a Civil War veteran and was known all throughout the state of Mississippi. Known as the “Old Colonel”, William’s grandfather was a successful railroad financer but also a best-selling writer of the time. His larger than life persona carried down through William’s father and then again onto William. Faulkner’s father founded the First National Bank of Oxford in 1910 and this business kept William living in Oxford until joining the Royal Air force of Canada (RAF). He originally attempted to serve in the U.S. Air force but was turned away due to height. After training in Toronto, William Faulkner returned to his hometown of Oxford with no combat experience. Despite true involvement in combat, Faulkner came home with many un-true and over exaggerated stories of his service in...

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