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November 26, 2012

William Faulkner, Flying High

William Faulkner (1897 – 1962)

On this day in 1919, twenty-two-year-old William Faulkner published his first prose, a short story entitled “Landing in Luck.” It is a lighthearted tale about an air force cadet’s first solo flight, and it gives little sign of the style or fame to come, but the autobiographical details behind its telling are pure, playful Faulkner. They also might make the author worthy of his hero’s description as “the biggest liar in the R. A. F.”

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