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William Faulkner Day by Day

William Faulkner Day by Day

By Carl Rollyson
Hardcover : 9781496835017, 344 pages, 19 b&w illustrations, October 2022

A fascinating and in-depth exploration into the life of one of America’s greatest authors


William Faulkner has been the topic of numerous biographies, papers, and international attention. Yet there are no collected resources providing a comprehensive scope of Faulkner’s life and work before now. William Faulkner Day by Day provides unique insight into the daily life of one of America’s favorite writers. Beyond biography, this book is an effort to recover the diurnal Faulkner, to write in the present tense about past events as if they are happening now. More importantly, this book is concerned with more than the writer’s life. Instead, it examines the whole man—the daily, mundane, profound, life changing, and everything in between.

Spanning from the 1825 birth of Faulkner’s great-grandfather to Faulkner’s death 137 years later to the day, author and biographer Carl Rollyson presents for the first time a complete portrait of Faulkner’s life untethered from any one biographical or critical narrative. Presented as a chronology of events without comment, this book is accompanied by an extensive list of principal personages and is supported by extensive archival research and interviews. Populated by the characters of Faulkner’s life—including family and friends both little known and internationally famous—this book is for Faulkner readers of all kinds with a wide variety of interests in the man and his work.


"William Faulkner Day by Day is a welcome addition to Faulkner studies. It is an essential source for Faulkner specialists—and interesting reading for all Faulkner enthusiasts. Faulkner the man as well as the writer is presented in all the various phases of his life. The book is informative, revealing, and, in quite a few rewarding instances, surprising."

- Robert W. Hamblin, editor of A William Faulkner Encyclopedia

"In short, this is a book that anyone interested in William Faulkner will enjoy immensely. It is full of the man’s insights, humor, and contradictions. Reading it is an opportunity to witness an entire life, laid out day by day, from the young man starting out, to the old man nearing the end of life."

- Donna Meredith, Southern Literary Review

"Few American writers have been so fascinated with the concept of time and time's passing as William Faulkner of Oxford, Mississippi. From Quentin Compson's anguished destruction of his watch in The Sound and the Fury to Garvin Steven's famous assertion that "the past is never dead, it's not even past" in Requiem for a Nun, Faulkner's fiction attests to his abiding obsession with time. Given this prevailing Faulkner theme, Carl Rollyson's latest book, William Faulkner Day by Day, is especially intriguing."

- C. D. Albin, Valley Voices

"In William Faulkner Day by Day, Rollyson reapplies his wealth of knowledge to create a thorough book of days covering both the epic and minute details of Faulkner’s life and work."

- Laura Wilson, H-Net H-Biography Reviews