Faulkner on the best writers of his day

When asked to name the best American writers of his day, William Faulker would say

that they had all failed, but that Thomas Wolfe had been the finest failure and William Faulkner the second finest failure. He often repeated this over the years, but it is as well to remember that Thomas Wolfe had been dead since 1938, that is, during nearly all the years that Faulkner used to give this answer, the years during which he himself remained alive.


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