5 Intriguing Facts about American Novelist William Faulkner

September 25, 2016

5 Intriguing Facts about American Novelist William Faulkner

5 Intriguing Facts about American Novelist William Faulkner
William Faulkner is one of the most famous US authors who focused his writing on the American South. Born in Mississippi in 1897, his insights on Southern culture and depictions of unforgettable characters are considered some of the most vivid. Here are a few interesting facts that you may not have known about this Southern gentleman.
1. This Award Winning Author Had No Degree
He didn’t finish high school, let alone college. However, Faulkner has won many of writing’s most prestigious awards including two Pulitzers, two National Book Awards, and a Noble Prize for Literature.
2. He Was Well Known as a Ladies’ Man
In fact, his fling with Joan Williams in 1949-1953 earned him a spot as the subject of The Wintering, published in 1971. That wasn’t his only affair while married to Estelle Oldham (whom he married in 1929). He met another female companion, Else Jonsson, while traveling to collect his Nobel Prize.
3. He Said No to Dinner with the First Lady
Jacqueline Kennedy invited Faulkner to dinner, but the author declined. He is often quoted as having said, “Why that’s a hundred miles away. That’s a long way to go just to eat.”
4. He Tried Forging His Way into World War I
The US Army reject Faulkner due to his small stature. Undeterred, he used forged documents and fictional references to apply to the British armed services. Despite his claims to have been a British serviceman during the war, public records indicate he never actually saw service.
5. Buried with a Mystery “Friend”
After a heart attack in 1962, Faulkner was buried in the family plot. However, one of the four plots is shrouded in mystery. A family friend is buried in the fourth grave, and the marker only gives what are proposed to be initials, E.T.
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