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William Faulkner was born in New Albany Mississippi on September 25 1897 and then moved to Oxford Mississippi with his family at the age of 5 Most of the novels written by William Faulkner take place in the area in which he himself was born and raised He renames Oxford and calls this place Jefferson Mississippi Faulkner is a contemporary American author who has achieved greatness as an author He is already considered to be one of the worlds greatest novelists and has been awarded with the Nobel Prize for literature in 1949 This is quite an achievement as it is the highest prize that can be awarded to an author Of all of Faulkners achievements The Sound and the Fury is considered to be one of his greatest novels Faulkner was part of a distinguished family in Mississippi His name was originally spelled Falkner The u was added by mistake when his first novel was published and William Falkner decided to retain the spelling of Faulkner The most distinguished member of William Faulkners family was his great-grandfather Confederate Colonel William Cuthbert Falkner The Colonel first moved to Mississippi in the early part of the 19th century from his home South Carolina Faulkner uses Colonel Falkner as a character in his novels named Colonel John Sartoris Colonel Falkner had a notable career as a soldier in the Civil War and the Mexican War Colonel Falkner was also a writer like his great-grandson and published one of the nations best sellers called The White Rose of Memphis Before being assassinated by a former partner in 1889 Colonel Falkner also took the time to build a railroad and run for public office Faulkner received his initial education in Oxford however he dropped out of high school in 1915 He attempted to join the US Army but was rejected for pilot training so he joined the Canadian Royal Air Force in 1918 but the war ended before he
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