William Cuthbert Faulkner
William Faulkner was born in 1897 in New Albany, Mississippi, one of four sons. His great grandfather was a Civil War Colonel and best selling author.
He moved with his parents as a child to Oxford, Mississippi, a town that was to be associated with him throughout his life. Although he did not complete high school, he managed three semesters at the university. He is the author of numerous enduring works of literature and also worked as a screenwriter.
He won two Pulitzer Prizes and the 1949 Nobel Prize in literature. He served as a United States Goodwill Ambassador and was an international celebrity. He died in 1962 and is buried at Oxford, Mississippi.