William Faulkner


William Faulkner


Faulkner was on a shooting expedition with director Howard Hawks and actor Clark Gable. In the course of conversation, Gable asked Faulkner to name the five best authors of the day. Replied Faulkner: “Ernest Hemingway, Willa Cather, Thomas Mann, Jon Dos Passos, and myself.”

“Oh,” said Gable maliciously, “do you write for a living?”

“Yes,” retorted Faulkner, “and what do you do?”


You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.

~William Faulkner

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Biographical Note: 

William Faulkner was a U.S. novelist. He based many of his stories in Yoknapatawpha County, a fictionalized version of his native northern Mississippi. His major novels include The Sound and the Fury (1929) and Absalom, Absalom! (1936). He was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1949.