When they are about me, I may answer or I may not, but even if I do, if the same question is asked tomorrow, the answer may be different. FAULKNER If I had not existed, someone else would have written me, Hemingway, Dostoyevsky, all of us.
Proof of that is that there are about three candidates for the authorship of Shakespeare’s plays.
WILLIAM FAULKNER The reason I don’t like interviews is that I seem to react violently to personal questions.
If the questions are about the work, I try to answer them.
William Faulkner was born in 1897 in New Albany, Mississippi, where his father was then working as a conductor on the railroad built by the novelist’s great-grandfather, Colonel William Falkner (without the “u”), author of Soon the family moved to Oxford, thirty-five miles away, where young Faulkner, although he was a voracious reader, failed to earn enough credits to be graduated from the local high school.
In 1918 he enlisted as a student flyer in the Royal Canadian Air Force.
But what is important is , not who wrote them, but that somebody did. Only what he creates is important, since there is nothing new to be said.
Shakespeare, Balzac, Homer have all written about the same things, and if they had lived one thousand or two thousand years longer, the publishers wouldn’t have needed anyone since.
And, failing at that, only then does he take up novel writing. FAULKNER The writer’s only responsibility is to his art. If a writer has to rob his mother, he will not hesitate; the “Ode on a Grecian Urn” is worth any number of old ladies.
INTERVIEWER Is there any possible formula to follow in order to be a good novelist? He will be completely ruthless if he is a good one. INTERVIEWER Then could the of security, happiness, honor, be an important factor in the artist’s creativity? They are important only to his peace and contentment, and art has no concern with peace and contentment.