William Faulkner | 1949 Nobel Prize in Literature
William Faulkner



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The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying, Light in August, The Big Sleep, To Have and Have Not

William Faulkner's Biography

William Faulkner was an American writer known for his beautifully dark and lush portrayals of life in the American South. He was awarded the 1949 Nobel Prize in Literature, and his 1929 novel The Sound and the Fury is generally regarded as one of the finest works of American fiction.

Like any good Southerner, Faulkner was always a fan of whiskey, especially served in the form of a Mint Julep. While that would indicate that he probably preferred bourbon, to hear him tell it he wasn’t particularly picky, saying “There’s no such thing as bad whiskey. Some whiskeys just happen to be better than others.”

Faulkner apparently liked to drink while he wrote, saying that “I always keep my whiskey within reach.” That might have something to do with his signature style of melancholy, stream-of-consciousness prose—or, heck, it might’ve toned him down.

What William Faulkner Drinks

Mint Julep

A classic Southern cocktail made with bourbon, mint, simple syrup, and crushed ice.


A spirit distilled from fermented grain, typically aged in charred oak barrels.

“My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, food, and a little whisky.”

-William Faulkner

William Faulkner Quotes

"There’s no such thing as bad whiskey. Some whiskeys just happen to be better than others."

"I usually write at night. I always keep my whiskey within reach; so many ideas that I can’t remember in the morning pop into my head."