April 10, 2013 |
New Yorkers got a preview Wednesday of an auction rarity: A Nobel Prize for literature. The 1950 medal belonged to William Faulkner, one of America's best-known and respected novelists. It comes with a hand-edited draft of Faulkner's acceptance speech; together, auction house Sotheby's expects those items to sell for $500,000 to $1 million . Justin Caldwell, a specialist in books and manuscripts at Sotheby's, told the Associated Press that the auction house had begun speaking to Faulkner's heirs in 2012 after an untitled, unpublished Faulkner short story was found among his literary papers at a family farm in Charlottesville, Va. It's a long list of Faulkner items that will be going up for auction June 11. There are 26 letters and postcards; some of the correspondence was sent from France to his family.
December 25, 2011 |
At first hearing, it sounds like an instant entry in the history of bad ideas: Take one of literature's most confounding, Baroque and at times abstract novelists and turn his books into TV, a medium that honors the literal and straightforward. And do it — probably at great expense — over and over again. On closer inspection, the pairing of David Milch — whose "Deadwood" and "NYPD Blue" took television about as close to art film as it's likely to get — with William Faulkner, author of some of the most profound and important American novels — may be so crazy it could actually work.
May 1, 2011
William Faulkner Born: Sept. 25, 1897, New Albany, Miss. Died: July 6, 1962, Byhalia, Miss. Awards and honors: Nobel Prize for literature, 1949 Life: The family name was Falkner, but he modified it. He joined the British Royal Air Force in July 1918, but the armistice ended his dreams of fighter pilot glory. His first novel, "Soldier's Pay," was published in 1926. "Sartoris," published in 1929, introduced readers to Yoknapatawpha County. The fictional place also appeared in subsequent novels, especially "The Sound and the Fury," which also was published in 1929.
May 1, 2011 |
"The past is never dead. It's not even past," William Faulkner wrote in 1951, two years after winning the Nobel Prize for literature. It's one of his best-known lines, but I don't think I ever truly understood it until I came to Oxford. For more than three decades, since I first read "As I Lay Dying" as a high school senior, I regarded such a sentiment as a key to Faulkner's writing — which continues to resonate because it comes drenched in history, in the interplay of the past and present, the bitter weight of heritage, the understanding that we cannot be cut free of our roots — without quite realizing that it was also a key to his life . Without quite realizing, in other words, the extent to which it has to do with Oxford, the college town 85 miles southeast of Memphis where Faulkner was raised and where he lived and died and where he is buried, and where, beginning with his third novel, "Sartoris" (1929)
March 27, 2011 |
Every Day by the Sun A Memoir of the Faulkners of Mississippi Dean Faulkner Wells Crown: 272 pp., $25 The marvelous stories that crowd the pages of "Every Day by the Sun" prove that when you have five generations of Southern relatives as your subject matter, you don't even need a Nobel laureate to bolster your stock of anecdotes ? though it never hurts. William Faulkner is the star of a few good yarns told here by his niece Dean Faulkner Wells, including one about the time he careened into Memphis, dead drunk and barefoot, and placed a jug of corn liquor on the ground behind a policeman directing traffic, just to make sure it would be well guarded while he went shopping.
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March 3, 2010 |
Author Barry Hannah, whose fiction was laced with dark humor and populated by hard-drinking Southerners, died Monday at his home in Oxford, Miss. He was 67. Hannah's son Barry Jr. told the Clarion Ledger newspaper in Jackson, Miss., that his father died of an apparent heart attack. Hannah's first novel, "Geronimo Rex," was published in 1972. It received the William Faulkner prize for writing and was nominated for a National Book Award. His 1996 short story collection, "High Lonesome," was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.