Typewriter of the moment: Birthday boy William Faulkner


Faulkner at typewriter, Aug 12, 1954 - AP Photo, ShelfLife

William Faulkner at his typewriter, August 12, 1954, at his home in Oxford, Mississippi. Associated Press photo, via ShelfLife

William Faulkner at his typewriter, August 12, 1954, at his home in Oxford, Mississippi. Associated Press photo.

The photo was probably posed; the two books to the left of the typewriter are Faulkner books. Faulkner may have written in a pressed shirt and tie, but I doubt it.

Faulkner won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1950, and delivered a memorable speech about “the human condition” and the importance of art, especially poetry and prose, at his acceptance. His 1954 book, A Fable, won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, in 1955.

The typewriter is a Royal KHM.

Faulkner was born September 25, 1897 — 2015 marks the 118th anniversary of his birth.

“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

—Gavin Stevens

Act I, Scene III, Requiem for a Nun, by William Faulkner

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3 Responses to Typewriter of the moment: Birthday boy William Faulkner

  1. Ed Darrell says:

    I took the Faulkner course as an undergrad — read nearly everything. It was wonderful.

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  2. Faulkner…his legacy is colossal…The Sound and the Fury… A Light in August…Absalom, Absalom…As I Lay Dying…The Bear…the sad part is that I spent five years in graduate school studying literature and we never read a single novel by this American Nobel laureate.

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