• It is my ambition to be, as a private individual, abolished and voided from history, leaving it markless, no refuse save the printed books. [] It is my aim, and every effort bent, that the sum and history of my life, which in the same sentence is my obit and epitaph too, shall be them both: he made the books and he died.

    William Faulkner, Joseph Leo Blotner (1978). “Selected letters of William Faulkner”, Vintage