The William Faulkner Home is in Oxford. We hope every child in America will read at least one book by William Faulkner by high school or college graduation. Get ready for deep conversations with classmates about the meaning of “my mother is a fish.”
Faulkner is a great example of an author who mastered writing techniques so well that he could break the rules in ways that work and have a lasting effect on the reader. You can hear his acceptance speech of the 1949 Nobel Prize, delivered in his gentle Southern dialect, at the “Banquet Speech” page of the nobelprize.org website. He also won two Pulitzer Prizes and a National Book Award (1951). His stories, heavy and dark, focus on race relations, morality, and culture in the South, and several also became movies. In fact, Faulkner worked as a writer for MGM for a while, but is better known as a novelist.
Scholars gather each July in Oxford to discuss his works at the Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference. such as The Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying.
Read a little more about William Faulkner through our Louisiana page about him.