The Hamlet

The Hamlet

ISBN: 0679736530

ISBN 13: 9780679736530

Publication Date: October 29, 1991

Publisher: Vintage International

Pages: 409

Format: Paperback

Author: William Faulkner

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The Hamlet, the first novel of Faulkner's Snopes trilogy, is both an ironic take on classical tragedy and a mordant commentary on the grand pretensions of the antebellum South and the depths of its decay in the aftermath of war and Reconstruction. It tells of the advent and the rise of the Snopes family in Frenchman's Bend, a small town built on the ruins of a once-stately plantation. Flem Snopes -- wily, energetic, a man of shady origins -- quickly comes to dominate the town and its people with his cunning and guile.

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