Birthplace: Albany, Mississippi.
Typewriters:Underwood Standard Portable, Remington Model 12; Olympia SM-1
One of the twentieth century’s greatest writers, Faulkner, who transformed his “postage stamp” of native soil into an apocryphal setting in which he explored, articulated, and challenged “the old verities and truths of the heart.” During what is generally considered his period of greatest artistic achievement, from The Sound and the Fury in 1929 to Go Down, Moses in 1942, Faulkner accomplished in a little over a decade more artistically than most writers accomplish over a lifetime of writing. Novels that include As I Lay Dying, Light in August, Absalom, Absalom! would one day be recognized as among the greatest novels ever written by an American.
Faulkner won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1950. Though he normally wrote by hand, he wrote so fast he typed up his days’ work so as to be able to read it in the morning.
Remington model typewriter used by William Faulkner while working and writing at the University of Virginia.