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In April, 1962, less than three months before he passed away, William Faulkner gave a reading and discussion at West Point.  From the New York Times: “Faulkner Inspects West Point, Gives a Reading and Stays for a Chat: Faulkner Finds Cadets Knowing: Corps Studied Works for Nobel Laureate’s Visit.”
"Mr. Faulkner held classes rapt as he discussed the destiny of man in a ‘ramshackle world,’ declared that a writer should ‘cut his throat and quit’ whenever he felt satisfied with a book he had written. He also said that ‘The Sound and the Fury’ was the book closest to his heart because it had caused him the most anguish. It was to him, he said, what the crippled child was to its mother."

In April, 1962, less than three months before he passed away, William Faulkner gave a reading and discussion at West Point.  From the New York Times: “Faulkner Inspects West Point, Gives a Reading and Stays for a Chat: Faulkner Finds Cadets Knowing: Corps Studied Works for Nobel Laureate’s Visit.”

"Mr. Faulkner held classes rapt as he discussed the destiny of man in a ‘ramshackle world,’ declared that a writer should ‘cut his throat and quit’ whenever he felt satisfied with a book he had written. He also said that ‘The Sound and the Fury’ was the book closest to his heart because it had caused him the most anguish. It was to him, he said, what the crippled child was to its mother."

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“If I were reincarnated, I’d want to come back a buzzard. Nothing hates him or envies him or wants him or needs him. He is never bothered or in danger, and he can eat anything.”  - William Faulkner who was born on this day, September 25, 1897.

“If I were reincarnated, I’d want to come back a buzzard. Nothing hates him or envies him or wants him or needs him. He is never bothered or in danger, and he can eat anything.”  - William Faulkner who was born on this day, September 25, 1897.

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"All of us failed to match our dream of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible. In my opinion, if I could write all my work again, I am convinced that I would do it better, which is the healthiest condition for an artist. That’s why he keeps on working, trying again; he believes each time that this time he will do it, bring it off. Of course he won’t, which is why this condition is healthy. Once he did it, once he matched the work to the image, the dream, nothing would remain but to cut his throat, jump off the other side of that pinnacle of perfection into suicide. I’m a failed poet. Maybe every novelist wants to write poetry first, finds he can’t, and then tries the short story, which is the most demanding form after poetry. And, failing at that, only then does he take up novel writing." - William Faulkner

"All of us failed to match our dream of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible. In my opinion, if I could write all my work again, I am convinced that I would do it better, which is the healthiest condition for an artist. That’s why he keeps on working, trying again; he believes each time that this time he will do it, bring it off. Of course he won’t, which is why this condition is healthy. Once he did it, once he matched the work to the image, the dream, nothing would remain but to cut his throat, jump off the other side of that pinnacle of perfection into suicide. I’m a failed poet. Maybe every novelist wants to write poetry first, finds he can’t, and then tries the short story, which is the most demanding form after poetry. And, failing at that, only then does he take up novel writing." - William Faulkner

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