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Snopes: The Hamlet, The Town, The Mansion (Modern Library Series)
     

Snopes: The Hamlet, The Town, The Mansion (Modern Library Series)

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by William Faulkner, George Garrett (Introduction)
 

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From the Modern Library’s new set of beautifully repackaged hardcover classics by William Faulkner—also available are As I Lay Dying, The Sound and the Fury, Light in August, Absalom, Absalom!, and Selected Short Stories

Here, published in a single volume as he always hoped they would be, are the three novels that comprise William

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From the Modern Library’s new set of beautifully repackaged hardcover classics by William Faulkner—also available are As I Lay Dying, The Sound and the Fury, Light in August, Absalom, Absalom!, and Selected Short Stories

Here, published in a single volume as he always hoped they would be, are the three novels that comprise William Faulkner’s famous Snopes trilogy, a saga that stands as perhaps the greatest feat of this celebrated author’s incomparable imagination. The Hamlet, the first book of the series chronicling the advent and rise of the grasping Snopes family in mythical Yoknapatawpha County, is a work that Cleanth Brooks called “one of the richest novels in the Faulkner canon.” It recounts how the wily, cunning Flem Snopes dominates the rural community of Frenchman’s Bend—and claims the voluptuous Eula Varner as his bride. The Town, the central novel, records Flem’s ruthless struggle to take over the county seat of Jefferson, Mississippi. Finally, The Mansion tells of Mink Snopes, whose archaic sense of honor brings about the downfall of his cousin Flem. “For all his concerns with the South, Faulkner was actually seeking out the nature of man,” noted Ralph Ellison. “Thus we must turn to him for that continuity of moral purpose which made for the greatness of our classics.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679600923
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/1994
Series:
Modern Library Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
1088
Sales rank:
152,533
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 2.20(d)

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Cleanth Brooks
The insidious horror of Snopesism is its lack of any kind of integrity—its pliability, its parasitic vitality as of some low—grade, thoroughly stubborn organism—and its almost selfless ability to keep up pressure as if it were a kind of elemental force. These are Flem's special qualities. The difficulty of fighting Flem and Snopesism in general is that it is like fighting a kind of gangrene or some sort of loathsome mold. The quality of honor—even a mean and rancorous "honor"—would immediately make it vulnerable….It is because he lacks honor that Flem is really invulnerable….It will therefore be only the madman, the outlaw, or the passionate man who can strike him down….Flem is a kind of monster who has betrayed everyone, first in his lust for pure money—power, and later in what Faulkner regards as a more loathsome lust, a desire for respectability.

Meet the Author

Born in 1897 and raised in Oxford, Mississippi, where he spent most of his life, William Faulkner was one of the towering figures of American literature. He is the author of the novels The Sound and the Fury, Absalom, Absalom!, and As I Lay Dying, among many other remarkable books. Faulkner was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1950 and France’s Legion of Honor in 1951. He died in 1962.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 25, 1897
Date of Death:
July 6, 1962
Place of Birth:
New Albany, Mississippi
Place of Death:
Byhalia, Mississippi

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