FAULKNER 
THE PAST IS NEVER DEAD

The first documentary to explore the storied and complex legacy of Nobel-prize winner William Faulkner--his literary masterpieces and his role in conversations on race, civil rights and community.  

The film is narrated by and starring Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts, who offers a stunning portrayal of the greatest novelist of our times. 

 In our current time of reckoning

on diversity, equity, and inclusion,

"The Past Is Never Dead" offers an

understanding of our present through

 Faulkner's literary masterpieces and personal struggles.

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 FAULKNER

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Arguably America’s greatest novelist, William Faulkner lived a life scarcely pictured on screen. Born in New Albany, Mississippi in 1897, raised during the Jim Crow South and a high school drop out, Faulkner became one of the greatest writers of his time.  He wrote poems, plays, screenplays, short stories, articles and novels, and he was a gifted illustrator. 

Among his other accomplishments, Faulkner received:

                       * NATIONAL BOOK AWARD (twice)

      * PULITZER PRIZE  (twice)

      * 1949 NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE

      * CHEVALIER DE LA LEGION D'HONNEUR

      * TIME MAGAZINE'S MAN OF THE YEAR (TWICE)

Faulkner has inspired other great writers and artists around the world, including Tony Morrison, Mo Yan, Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Jean-Luc Godard, Jean Renoir, Vargas Llosa, Garcia Marquez, Peter Carey and more.  Luminaries ranging from presidents to movie stars have used quotes from Faulkner’s works to more eloquently express their ideas.  Over half a century since his death, his works are enjoying a revival.

"Faulkner is very 
relevant to the 21st century"  

William Ferris

Former Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities

RELEVANCE
 

YOKNAPATWPHA COUNTY

Courtesy of Faulkner at Virginia (c) 2010
Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia 
Author Stephen Railton

 

Faulkner sets many of his stories in fictional Yoknapatawpha County.   Yoknapatawpha County is a microcosm of the human experience, with a collage of characters and impressions formed from Faulkner's "postage stamp of soil." 

Images from the Louis Daniel Brodsky Collection,
Center For Faulkner Studies
Southeast Missouri State University 

Faulkner wanted to be judged by the merits of the work and not the deficiencies of the man. Some, however, think that Faulkner's deficiencies as a man undermine his work.  Would we judge Faulkner's work differently if we ABOLISHED his life from the equation?   

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Images from Life Magazine
Dated March 5, 1956 and March 26, 1956
A Two-Part Series by Robert Coughlan

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Letter from The Louis Daniel Brodsky Collection,
Center For Faulkner Studies
Southeast Missouri State University