Faulkner, William

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Faulkner, William Gender: M
William Harrison Faulker
born on 25 September 1897 at 23:00 (= 11:00 PM )
Place New Albany, Mississippi, 34n30, 89w0
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 03°22' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 28°28 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 07°44'

William Faulkner


American popular novelist, winner of the Nobel Prize in 1949 and the Pulitzer Prize in 1955. Biographer's attempts to pin down the essential writer meet with various versions from those who knew him. Faulkner evidently never told the same story to all his friends and family. A small man, mustached and often photographed with his pipe, he became famous for his long, complicated stories set in mythical Yoknapatawpha County. "You can't tell the truth about a man unless you get it complicated up" and "I discovered that my own little postage stamp of native soil was worth writing about and that I would never live long enough to exhaust it. I created a cosmos of my own" is probably Faulkner defining the quintessential Faulkner.

He came from an alcoholic and violent family with his great-grandfather murdered and both his grandfather and father wounded by gunmen. The oldest of four boys, Faulkner had an idyllic childhood, free to wander in the woods on his Shetland pony until age eight when he started school. Not having much respect for formal education he dropped out of school in the 10th grade. He joined the RAF in Canada in 1918, but soon returned home to Oxford, MS as the war ended. He worked in the post office and became a Boy Scout leader but was fired for drinking. Attending a few classes at the university he met older writers who encouraged and influenced him to write.

His first novel, "Soldier's Pay," was published in 1925, followed by "Mosquitoes," "Sartoris," The Sanctuary," "As I Lay Dying," and "Light in August." Noted works include "The Sound and the Fury" and "Absalom, Absalom." He also wrote short stories for magazines in New York and Screenplays for Howard Hawks and Warner Bros. in Hollywood. He considered his three years in Hollywood as misspent time. Only two of the scripts he worked on made it to the big screen, "To Have and Have Not" (1945) and "The Big Sleep" (1946). Five years later, Faulkner received the Nobel Prize for literature. His fabled drinking apparently never interfered with his writing. As legend has it, he made appointments with himself for four-day benders after sending off a manuscript. "The Reivers" was his last novel, published 6/4/1962.

In 1929 he married his childhood sweetheart, Estelle. They remained married despite his years of womanizing and drinking. Faulkner enjoyed horsemanship, hunting, and flying. He also enjoyed teaching aspiring writers at the local university. His heavy drinking and several falls from horses took its toll in 1962. After his last novel was published in June, he was thrown from his horse during an early morning ride near his home, Rowan Oak, in Oxford, MS. He swallowed all the pain pills he could find and washed them down with Bourbon. By July he was admitted to a private hospital at Byhalia, 50 miles north of Oxford. At 1:32 AM Faulkner sat up, moaned and died of coronary thrombosis 7/06/1962.

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  • Social : Joined group 1918 (Joined the RAF in Canada)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1925 (Published his first book)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1929 (Estelle)
  • Work : Prize 1949 (Nobel Prize)
  • Work : Prize 1955 (Pulitzer Prize)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1955 (Works first published)
  • Health : Accident (Non-fatal) June 1962 (Thrown from his horse)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 4 June 1962 (His last book "The Reivers")
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  • Death by Heart Attack 6 July 1962 at 01:32 AM in Byhalia (Coronary thrombosis, age 64)
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Source Notes

LMR quotes Joseph Blotner "Faulkner," p.62, "The doctor emerged from Maud Faulkner's room at 11:00 PM to tell her husband that he was the father of a boy." In November 2007, Sy Scholfield writes: BORN: 25 September 1897, about 11 PM (CST), New Albany, MS, USA.

Sy Scholfield quotes data from a letter ["Phil Stone to Hudson Strode, April 23, 1951, carbon typescript with typed signature, 1 page"] stating birth time from Faulkner's mother, as reprinted in Louis Daniel Brodsky & Robert W. Hamblin's book, "Faulkner, a Comprehensive Guide to the Brodsky Collection" (University Press of Mississippi, 1982), p. 69: "Dear Hudson: Bill's mother says that Bill was born about 11:00 o'clock on a Saturday night. When you have time write us what his horoscope indicates ... Your friend, Phil Stone." This letter may be the source for the birth time given in Joseph Leo Blotner's book, "Faulkner: A Biography" (University Press of Mississippi, 2005), p. 3: "At eleven o'clock that night the doctor emerged from the bedroom to tell Murry Falkner that he had a son."


  • Traits : Body : Size (Small structured)
  • Traits : Mind : Education limited (Dropped out of school)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Heart (Coronary thrombosis, terminal)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Alcohol
  • Family : Childhood : Memories Bad (Grandad, dad alcoholic)
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Eldest of four boys)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (33 years)
  • Family : Relationship : Stress - Extramarital affairs (Womanizer)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Animals, pets (Enjoyed horsemanship)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Outdoors (Hunting)
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script (Screenwriter)
  • Notable : Awards : Nobel prize (1949)
  • Notable : Awards : Pulitzer prize (1955)
  • Notable : Book Collection : American Book