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William Cuthbert Falkner was born on September 25 1897 in New Albany Mississippi He was the eldest of four brothers from Murry and Maud Butler Falkner later in his life he restored the u to the family name As a child William always had a strong interest in the arts He enjoyed painting writing poetry and other forms of art During his elementary years William excelled and skipped the second grade Helmster However during his early teens he began to waiver and lost interest in school which then sparked his interest in poetry and short stories As a young child Faulkner created a strong bond with a man named Phil Stone With a common interest in literature Stone encouraged Faulkner to begin reading authors like Conrad Aiken Sherwood Anderson and the Imagist poets Addison He began writing stories that had their roots in his early life his families past and social tensions With characters like Colonel Satoris who appears in A Rose for Emily it appears that the Colonel is a reflection of his great-grandfather William Clark Falkner Old Colonel HelmsterWilliam came from a fairly affluent family His great grand father was a larger-than-life model of personal and professional success for his male descendantsHelmster His father worked for the Gulf Ship Island railroad which was founded by his great-grandfather and continued working there until 1902 when he sold it and moved his family to Oxford Mississippi His father after moving began to operate a successful livery stable and the young Faulkner began working there when he was 11 years old Kennedy Gioia 1 After Faulkner dropped out of school he worked at his grandfathers bank where at that time he preferred not to spend much of his day but rather spend time with Estelle Oldham Although Estelle Oldham was engaged she was willing to elope with Faulkner He felt that without the consent of her parents he would not elope and soon after
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