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William Faulkner

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Samantha Brown

on 23 April 2014

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Transcript of William Faulkner

This is a picture of the cover of his first novel,
Solider's Pay.
It was written in 1925 and published in 1926.
Who was William Faulkner?
Faulkner's connection to the 20's
Faulkner wrote and published his first book,
Soldier's Pay
, in 1926
He also wrote a few other novels in the 20's including one of his most well-known pieces,
The Sound and the Fury.
Although his writing in the 1920's went largely unrecognized until much later years (around the 40's), it created a strong foundation for the success and respect he recieved as a writer later on in his life.
In many of his pieces, Faulkner wrote about a town called Yoknapatawph and the families that enudured the hardships of the later 20's,
William Faulkner was a perfectionist that appreciated the artistic value of American literature. He once said in an interview, "All of us failed to match our dream of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible. In my opinion, if I could write all my work again, I am convinced that I would do it better, which is the healthiest condition for an artist. "
His long paraphrases and powerful word choice was something new to Americans, so it raised the standards for American literature.
Thesis statement:
William Faulkner is one of the most important American writers of all time. He exposed the art of fiction in a way that no other writer could do as he celebrated diversity, unique customs, traditions, and history. He also made a huge contribution to literature that can still be seen today. His work during the 1920's created a foundation for his profound success in later years. William Faulkner is a clear symbol of how the roaring 20's was a time period of evolution for Americans as he raised the standards of American Literature.
By Samantha Brown
William Faulkner
Raised the Standards of American Literature
“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” -William Faulkner
How did William Faulkner expose the art of fictional writing?
William Faulkner was a well respected Southern author in the 20th century.
Faulkner lived in Oxford, Mississippi for most of his life and wrote most of his books there.
He wrote over 20 novels and numerous short stories.
Faulkner is usually known for experimenting with various styles of novelic writing.
He is also associated with writing wildly long and complex sentences.
His long paraphrases and powerful word choice was something new to Americans. It introduced a level of excellence that had been non-existent in the past.
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