William Faulkner

1897 - 1962

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William Cuthbert Faulkner (; September 25, 1897 – July 6, 1962) was an American writer known for his novels and short stories set in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County, based on Lafayette County, Mississippi, where Faulkner spent most of his life. A Nobel laureate, Faulkner is one of the most celebrated writers of American literature and often is considered the greatest writer of Southern literature. Faulkner was born in New Albany, Mississippi and raised in Oxford, Mississippi. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Faulkner has received more than 6,697,029 page views. His biography is available in 105 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 102 in 2019). William Faulkner is the 149th most popular writer (up from 155th in 2019), the 130th most popular biography from United States (up from 131st in 2019) and the 12th most popular American Writer.

William Faulkner is most famous for his novel "The Sound and the Fury."

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Notable Works

Light in August
As I Lay Dying
The Sound and the Fury
Soldiers' pay


Among writers, William Faulkner ranks 149 out of 7,302Before him are Robert Louis Stevenson, Walter Scott, Dr. Seuss, Eugène Ionesco, Joan Fuster, and Elias Canetti. After him are Jean Racine, Naguib Mahfouz, Annie Ernaux, Joseph Conrad, Catullus, and Novalis.

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Among people born in 1897, William Faulkner ranks 4Before him are Joseph Goebbels, Irène Joliot-Curie, and Pope Paul VI. After him are Amelia Earhart, Anthony Eden, Subhas Chandra Bose, Ludwig Erhard, Ivan Konev, Paavo Nurmi, Wilhelm Reich, and Lucky Luciano. Among people deceased in 1962, William Faulkner ranks 6Before him are Marilyn Monroe, Eleanor Roosevelt, Hermann Hesse, Niels Bohr, and Adolf Eichmann. After him are Karen Blixen, Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, Lucky Luciano, Georges Bataille, Yves Klein, and Gaston Bachelard.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, William Faulkner ranks 130 out of 20,380Before him are Dustin Hoffman (1937), Dr. Seuss (1904), Meryl Streep (1949), Douglas MacArthur (1880), Richard Feynman (1918), and Michael Douglas (1944). After him are Milton Friedman (1912), Patti Smith (1946), Will Smith (1968), Rosa Parks (1913), William James (1842), and Bobby Fischer (1943).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, William Faulkner ranks 12Before him are Robert Frost (1874), Henry David Thoreau (1817), Jack London (1876), Toni Morrison (1931), Stephen King (1947), and Dr. Seuss (1904). After him are J. D. Salinger (1919), John Steinbeck (1902), Dale Carnegie (1888), Ray Bradbury (1920), Herman Melville (1819), and Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803).