When William Faulkner became a Nobel laureate in 1949, he was both an outcast and a hero to the American Deep South.
His greatest novels - `The Sound and the Fury', `Intruder in the Dust' and `Absalom, Absalom' - preyed upon the innermost values of a white society that still believed in its own supremacy.
His family disowned him, yet his stance on race was ambivalent, even reactionary.
In the centenary year of his birth, Diane Roberts travels to the heart of Mississippi to investigate this man of contradiction.
She talks to his nephew, to the writer Fred D'Aguiar, and to Professor Henry Louis Gates about Faulkner and his literary legacy.