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Free Resource - July 6th, 2010
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Speech Accepting the Nobel Prize in Literature

In this speech by the great American author William Faulkner, he encourages young writers to write about the human spirit. Delivered in 1950, Faulkner acknowledges the crippling physical fear of nuclear war. He feels that humanity will prevail because our souls are immortal and the soul is what writers should be concerned with, and it is the soul which Faulkner set out to explore in his life's work. This speech is available on streaming audio from American Rhetoric. Note: The original recording gets cut off, but the recorded reading contains the complete speech.

Speech Accepting the Nobel Prize in Literature

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