If ever an author's words were tailor-made for the airwaves, it was those of William Faulkner , whose lyrical phrasings with their attention to rhythm were meant for the ear. Faulkner, born on this day in 1897, is, of course, one of the greatest American authors who ever lived, the creator of timeless classics such as As I Lay Dying , Go Down, Moses , Light In August , and The Sound and the Fury . Humphrey Bogart , Lauren Bacall , and Anne Diamond all got a chance to bring Faulkner stories to life on such radio programs as NBC Theater and Lux Radio Theater . Wild Palms , Honor, and The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam were all adapted for radio. It's another way the words of this brilliant writer touched a nation.