William Faulkner is one of Mississippi's most honored and revered citizens. Born in New Albany, MS, Faulkner and his family relocated to Oxford when he was four years old. Faulkner's work as an author and screenwriter earned him much recognition and praise throughout the 20th century. In 1950, Faulkner was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature and throughout his career he earned many other awards and recognitions for his work. Faulkner's home in Oxford, MS, Rowan Oak, was purchased by the author in 1930. The house sits on over 25 acres of beautiful Mississippi land and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1968. The house helped to inspire Faulkner's work and laid the foundation for his fictional Yoknapatawpha County. The Rowan Oak House is open to the public and allows visitors to see the home of one of the most prolific writers in American History.