Why is William Faulkner considered a great writer? American novelist and short-story writer William Faulkner is widely regarded as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. He is remembered for his pioneering use of the stream-of-consciousness technique as well as the range and depth of his characterization. In 1949 Faulkner won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
When was Faulkner considered a success as a writer? Although he continued to write throughout his life, critics generally agree that Faulkner produced his best work in the 1930s and early 1940s, including Light in August (1932) and Absalom, Absalom! (1936)–which many believe to be his masterpiece. Faulkner received the Nobel Prize in 1950.