May 27, 2015

Wednesday Writing Wisdom (9) Wiliam Faulkner

“Read, read, read. Read everything - trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it's good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out of the window.”

William Faulkner
             (1897 – 1962)

Curious facts about:
Faulkner declined a dinner invitation from First lady Jacqueline Kennedy, saying,  "That’s a long way to go just to eat.
            Faulkner never graduated from high school or earned a college degree, yet he won the Nobel Prize for Literature, two Pulitzers prizes and the National Book Award, twice.

            He supported himself as a postmaster at the University of Mississippi, but was fired for reading on the job.


  1. Wow, those are some pretty amazing facts! I had no idea.Amazing to think he never graduated high school. It just goes to show what you can learn by reading!

    1. Yes, amazing indeed. It just shows that if there's a will and talent, there's a way. Thanks for visiting, Mae!

  2. Faulkner is one of my favorites! I didn't know he had turned down Jackie O's dinner invitation-- my my... Thank you for a wonderful reminder, Carmen.

    1. There are so many authors, so many books I'd like to read again, yet don't find the time! Authors who enriched my life and knowledge. Faulkner is one of them. Thanks for stopping by Flossie!


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