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.
Faulkner was born September 25, 1897 — 2015 marks the 118th anniversary of his birth.
“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”
- F. Scott Fitzgerald was born 1 year and 1 day earlier
- Faulkner wrote for money in Hollywood, including some great movies: Gunga Din, The Big Sleep, To Have and Have Not, Drums Along the Mohawk