William Faulkner Short Stories

This page has a selection of William Faulkner’s short stories with links where possible. I will add more stories as I find them.

Stories are arranged in alphabetical order of the first word of the title, excluding “A”, “An”, and “The”.

Barn Burning 

Abner Snopes is being tried in a small-town court for allegedly burning down his landlord’s barn. He’s kicked out of town, and finds a new job working as a sharecropper.

Read “Barn Burning”

Dry September 

Miss Minnie Cooper has accused a black man, Will Mayes, of attacking her. Some of the town’s men discuss the accusation at a barbershop. They are easily riled against Mayes and make plans to mete out justice themselves.

Read “Dry September”

The Hound

Ernest Cotton murders Jack Houston over an injustice. He tries to dispose of the body and feign ignorance about what happened.

Mule in the Yard 

Old Het excitedly informs Mannie Hait that there’s a mule in her yard. This isn’t the first time it has happened. Mannie is annoyed, and she deals with the problem.

Read “Mule in the Yard”

Race at Morning

A hunting party, including a twelve-year-old boy who narrates, sets out one morning after a deer.

Read “Race at Morning”

A Rose for Emily 

A Southern spinster, Emily Grierson, has died. She had been a recluse, so the townspeople are curious about her and her house. The narrator recounts episodes from her life.

Read “A Rose for Emily”

Spotted Horses

Flem Snopes and a Texan bring some ponies into town to sell. The Texan puts on an auction but it starts slowly. He is a seasoned manipulator, so he finds a way to get things going.

That Evening Sun 

Nancy is an African-American washerwoman who’s been treated unjustly in the town. A man, possibly her husband, believes that the child she’s carrying isn’t his. He leaves but Nancy is afraid that he’s coming back to attack her.

Read “That Evening Sun”