“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” ― William Faulkner
William Cuthbert Faulkner (born Falkner, September 25, 1897 – July 6, 1962), was an American author and Nobel Prize winner from Oxford, Mississippi. Faulkner published novels, short stories, a play, poetry, essays and screenplays. He is best known and respected for his novels and short stories, many are set in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County, a setting Faulkner created based on Lafayette County, MS where he spent most of his life, and on Holly Springs/Marshall County. Faulkner is one of the most important writers in both American literature generally and especially Southern American literature.