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The Hamlet


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William Faulkner was born in New Albany, Mississippi, on September 25, 1897. He published his first book, The Marble Faun (a collection of poems), in 1924, and his first novel, Soldier's Pay, in 1926. In 1949, having written such works as Absalom, Absalom!, As I Lay Dying, Light in August, and The Sound and the Fury, Faulkner was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. He also received the Pulitzer Prize for two other novels, A Fable (1954) and The Reivers (1962). From 1957 to 1958 he was Writer-in-Residence at the University of Virginia. He died on July 6, 1962, in Byhalia, Mississippi.


Flem Snopes is the progenitor of a family dynasty who give new meaning to the expression ``poor white trash.'' The Hamlet is the first novel of Faulkner's acclaimed trilogy that tracks the rise of the Snopes family in Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi. Flem and his sluttish family arrive in Frenchman's Bend, where he insinuates himself into Will Varner's general store and gradually takes over the business, the property, and the boss's daughter, Eula. As more and more Snopeses appear to live off Flem's patronage, Faulkner relates their histories and those of everyone else living in the hamlet, until the listener begins to feel like a native. Mark Hammer's magnificent narration makes this complex, often funny, and very fascinating saga as clear as Faulkner's prose could ever be. Faulkner fans will love this audiobook, and others may well be persuaded to enter Faulkner's mesmerizing world. Highly recommended for academic and public libraries.-Sharon Cumberland, Graduate Ctr., CUNY

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