Typewriter of the moment: 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 Eons website.

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.

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 — 2007 marks the 110th anniversary of his birth.

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

—Gavin Stevens

Act I, Scene III, Requiem for a Nun

5 Responses to Typewriter of the moment: William Faulkner

  1. […] Typewriter of the moment: Faulkner, again The previous photo showed Faulkner himself using the machine. […]


  2. Ruthie Black says:

    Ooops Excuse me for forgetting to tell you how much I like your beautiful blog.


  3. Ruthie Black says:

    Thanks for that photo, Sweetie. I’m tempted to say he was wearing that wrinkled shirt when I met him in ’58. It was in New Orleans. . . .


  4. Cliff Burns says:

    I keep an excerpt from Faulkner’s Nobel acceptance speech in my “Book of Commonplace”. Where he says mankind will not merely endure but PREVAIL. It is one of the most powerful statements ever uttered by a person of stature, words of hope in a time when all hope seems like an errant dream.


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