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Wife of a sharecropper, Lee County, Mississippi, 1935
Faulkner's characters often endured terrible struggles, but he treated them with dignity

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Novelist William Faulkner Was Born
September 25, 1897

Except for short stints in Europe and Hollywood, Faulkner spent the remainder of his life in Mississippi and Virginia, writing brilliantly and constantly. At first, no one would publish his work because of his experimental formats, but he was determined to continue writing anyway, for his own fulfillment. With the publication in 1929 of his fourth novel, The Sound and the Fury, his career took off. Much of the novel is told from the viewpoint of a retarded boy. Faulkner created many characters who confronted racial injustices while struggling to live with dignity.
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