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The man himself never stood taller than five feet six inches tall but in the realm of American literature William Faulkner was a giant Faulkner American 101 The background and early years of Faulkners life sets the stage for his outstanding success in literature He is unique in his works due to the various types and styles of literature including A Rose for Emily These various forms of work landed Faulkner outstanding awards and honors As an American giant Faulkners novels have been recognized as among the greatest novels ever written by an American Faulkner American 101William Faulkner was born on September 25 1897 to Murry Cuthbert and Maud Butler Faulkner He was born into a genteel Southern family in New Albany Mississippi An indifferent student he dropped out of high school in 1915 to work as a clerk in his grandfathers bank began writing poetry and submitted drawings to the University of Mississippis yearbook William Discovering 1 When World War I began Faulkner enlisted in the Royal Air Force in Canada he never saw action Following the war he returned to Mississippi and briefly attended the University of Mississippi Later in 1925 he moved to New Orleans where he met Sherwood Anderson who encouraged his development and helped secure his first novel William Masterplots 1 Over the next few years Faulkner wrote reviews poems and prose pieces for The Mississippian and worked several odd jobs At the recommendation of Stark Young a novelist in Oxford in 1921 Faulkner took a job in New York City as an assistant in a bookstore managed by Elizabeth Prall who later became the wife of Sherwood Anderson Faulkners most notorious job during this time was the position as a postmaster in the university post office from the spring of 1922 to October 31 1924 By all accounts he was a terrible postmaster spending much of his time misplacing or losing mail and failing to serve customers When a
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