Vital Speech of the Day

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Vital Speech of the Day Citation: William Faulkner, “Noble prize acceptance speech.” December 10, 1950. Context: William Faulkner, the first American novelist to receive the prize since the end of World War 2. He wrote novels, short stories, play, poetry, essays and screenplays during his life. William is one of the most important writers in the Southern literature of the United States. His novels and short stories are the most famous. Since I am learning English, I have noticed that reading and writing are the most important part of English. I am admired to the English writer; especially William Faulkner was a successful one. Which I think learning and reading from their book would be helpful in my English. That’s why I chose him as the speech I want to present for today. In 1950, while he traveled to Stockholm to receive the Noble prize, he said that he wanted to set right the misinterpretation of his own work as pessimistic. But beyond that, he recognized that, as the first American novelist to receive the prize since the end of World War II, he had a special obligation to take the changed situation of the writer, and of man, into account. the following is what he said in the speech. Speech Text follows I feel that this award was not made to me as a man, but to my work--a life's work in the agony and sweat of the human spirit, not for glory and least of all for profit, but to create out of the materials of the human spirit something which did not exist before. So this award is only mine in trust. It will not be difficult to find a dedication for the money part of it commensurate with the purpose and significance of its origin. But I would like to do the same with the acclaim too, by using this moment as a pinnacle from which I might be listened to by the young men and women already dedicated to the same anguish and travail, among whom is already that one

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