William Faulkner And The Metamorphosis Of Literature

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“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.” - William Faulkner. Born in September of 1897, William totally re-wrote classical literature in the 19th century, even beyond his death in July of 1962. Faulker’s work was crawling with sub-plots, details, hidden inspiration, and key elements from previously famous novelists. William Faulkner revolutionized modern literature by taking the ideas of other writers and adding personal inspiration, description, and emotion to his work.
Faulkner wrote many beautiful pieces of literature, including Intruder in the Dust, As I Lay Dying, Sanctuary, Pylon, and many other works famous for their originality. One of his most popular novels is A Rose for Emily, which was inspired by his independent mother, one can assume that Emily’s character is based on Maud Faulkner. (“123”). Before Faulkner, writers had a basic structure with hardly any detail and emotion weaved into their writings. Taking after his great-grandfather’s footsteps, William struggled passionately to become a writer in his early years. His first novel published was Soldier’s Play, which was published in 1926. Soldier’s Play is a book about a group of soldiers, beautifully described in the opening scene, overflowing with detail. The novel is simply a dialogue between drunk characters, but Faulkner has a way of painting mental images with his words. “Faulkner has vey skillfully imitated the way the human brain processes images and puts them into words. As readers, we are really placed inside the various character’s heads.” (“Schmoop”). Along with his mother, Faulkner used previously successful authors as literary guides to blueprint his work off of. Fitzgerald was one of William Faulkner’s biggest role models. Imitating his writing styles in Faulkner’s classic; As I Lay Dying, the blooming author smothered his sentences in details and streams of consciousness. “Readers of Faulkner rely on emotional instincts to embrace and unravel the ambiguities woven into each passage.” (“Great”).
By copying the writing styles of other authors, William was publishing works that were familiar enough with the public to be popular and fresh, but also original enough to entice new readers to buy his books. Becoming popular overnight; however, caused Faulkner to become slightly arrogant. Not all of his literature was as popular as the first few novels sold, but they were all favorites of the day. Even now, William Faulkner’s books are loved and studied by colleges everywhere. The public reacted to William’s literature with excitement. After receiving the world’s highest literary reward, the Nobel Prize in Literature, Faulkner gave an acceptance speech saying that honor, compassion, pride, and pity were the hope of mankind. (“Mississippi”). Every character in every novel composed by Faulkner reflected the American...

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