Noln’I Prize-winning novelist WILLIAM FAULKNER took special pride in delivering the Commencement Address at Cine Manor Junior College this past June, for among the graduating class teas his daughter Jill. As in his speech at Stockholm in 1949, when he accepted the Nobel Prize, Mr. Faulkner again strikes a note of faith and affirmation: “It is man’s high destiny and proof of his immortality too, that his is the choice between ending the world, effacing it from the long annal of time and space, and completing it.”
In 1924 WILLIAM FAULKNER was a young man who had written some poetry but no fiction. With the money he had saved while working as Postmaster of the University of Mississippi he had gone to New Orleans, and there he met Sherwood Anderson, the author of Winesburg, Ohio, who was then at the height of his success. Anderson had a germinal effect on Faulkner, and it was the example he set as a dedicated artist that started Faulkner writing novels — novels which would eventually lead to the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1949. Prompted by a memory of the man and his work, William Faulkner here describes those early days.