by William Faulkner
Absalom, Absalom! Resources
It may be a blip on the radar compared to some celeb pages, but we're pretty impressed by the number of fans our lovely book has.
Check out this great site for audio, video, and text relating to Faulkner's award of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1949. P.S. The Nobel Prize is a really, really big deal.
Here you'll find an affectionate description of the region that inspired Faulkner and served as his home for most of his life. Is Sutpen's Hundred on the map?
Movie or TV Productions
Fun fact time! Most of Absalom, Absalom! was written while William Faulkner was living in Hollywood. Exciting home base, yes, but he was writing for the movies in part because he wasn't making enough dough from his writing to support his family.
Faulkner received official screenwriting credit for six theatrical releases. He actually wrote the screenplay for Ernest Hemingway's To Have and Have Not (1944), the only time in film history that two Nobel Prize-winning authors were associated with the same movie. Booya.
But no one ever thought a screen version of Absalom! would draw big box-office dollars (can't you just see Johnny Depp as Charles Bon, though?). And before you ask, there are no great Lego interpretations either. Bummer, we know.
This 2010 article recounts the discovery of primary documents that served as source material for "names, incidents and details that populate [Faulkner's] fictionalized Yoknapatawpha County." Awesome.
Check out the award ceremony for Faulkner's Nobel Prize win. Not a bad showing, Bill.
Faulkner was Writer-in-Residence at the University of Virginia in the 1950s and while he was there, he answered a lot of questions (many of which were about Absalom, Absalom!). Now you can listen to what he had to say – they got it on tape!
Here are some book covers throughout the years. Which one do you prefer?
Our guy's signature was a pipe. And boy, did he wear it well.
We want Steven Longstreet (the painter) to do one of these for Shmoop.
Yeah, that's right: cover of Time magazine.