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William Faulkner is viewed by many as Americas greatest writer of prose fiction He was born in New Albany Mississippi where he lived a life filled with good times as well as bad However despite bad times he would become known as a poet a short story writer and finally one of the greatest contemporary novelists of his time William Faulkners accomplishments resulted not only from his love and devotion to writing but also from family friends and certain uncontrollable events William Faulkners life is an astonishing accomplishment however it is crucial to explore his life prior to his fixated writing career Mack 1794-1798 In 1905 Faulkner entered the first grade at the tender age of eight and immediately showed signs of talent He not only drew an explicitly detailed drawing of a locomotive but he soon became an honor-roll student Throughout his early education he would work conscientiously at reading spelling writing and arithmetic However he especia lly enjoyed drawing When Faulkner got promoted to the third grade skipping the second grade he was asked by his teacher what he wanted to be when he grew up He replied I want to be a writer just like my great granddaddyMinter 18 Faulkner took interest in poetry around 1910 but no one in Oxford Mississippi could tell him hat to do with his poems Faulkner who was very talkative would always entertain Estelle Oldham by telling her vividly imaginary stories Eventually Faulkner grew very fond of Estelle She became the sole inspirer and recipient of Faulkners earlier poems Not long after Faulkner began seeing Estelle regularly he met a man named Phil Stone who was dating one of Estelles friends Katrina Katrina had told Stone about Faulkner and his poetry So one afternoon Stone went to Faulkners house to get to know him better and during his visit he received several written verses from Faulkners poetry Stone not only became a very close friend of
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