William Faulkner, despite being a well respected author, needed multiple attempts to pass high school English. He dropped out of school after receiving a "D" in English before he received his diploma.
When the United States military turned Faulkner away for being too short, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and received his basic training in Toronto. He served with the RAF in World War I.
Faulkner changed the spelling of his last name from Falkner. Reputedly, the Nobel Prize winner, when asked about the spelling of his last name replied, "Either way suits me."
His troubles with school were well known. "I never did like school and stopped going to school as soon as I got big enough to play hooky and not get caught at it", confessed the author.
William Faulkner’s work has been appreciated for its experimental manner, contemporary themes, and the use of the stream of consciousness technique. These aspects of his writing helped him earn a Nobel Prize and two Pulitzers.
The history and culture of the American South posed a great influence on Faulkner throughout his childhood and also on his literary work later on. His mother and grandmother, voracious readers, played a role in his artistic education.
Faulkner's history with the military is long and storied. His grandfather was Civil War Colonel William Falkner.
Faulkner's literary works were not appreciated until recently. "Mr. Faulkner's writings showed an obsession with murder, rape, incest, suicide, greed and general depravity that did not exist anywhere but in the author's mind," wrote the New York Times in 1962.
Faulkner had little involvement in the mythic literary theory. However, his use of symbolism follows the principles of psychologist Carl Jung's idea of collective unconsciousness.
Faulkner's exposure and interest in the military extended beyond his time during World War I and his Confederate colonel grandfather. He spoke of serving during World War II and sent letters of support to those who did serve.