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Portrait of William Faulkner, 1954
William Faulkner, shown here in 1954, believed it was a writer's duty to write about the compassion and endurance of people

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Novelist William Faulkner Was Born
September 25, 1897

Novelist William Faulkner knew the South well. He spent most of his life there, and wrote with compassion about family, community, and the people he knew. Born in New Albany, Mississippi, on September 25, 1897, Faulkner created the legendary Yoknapatawpha County. Its fictitious population includes Southern white aristocrats, merchants, farmers, poor whites, and persecuted blacks. Faulkner told how the South is still affected by its past. "The past is never dead," he wrote. "It's not even past."
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