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The Town : A novel of the Snopes Family by William Faulkner

The Town : A novel of the Snopes Family by William Faulkner


New York : Random House, 1957. First edition, second issue. Stated "First Printing" on copyright page. $3.95 dust jacket that lack the 5/57. Line 8 on p. 327 repeated at line 10. Brown cloth with black title at spine and front cover. Pages are age toned and unmarked. Binding is tight.

by William Faulkner

In the over-all design of the trilogy devoted to the origin, rise and dominance of the Snopes family, The Town is the second novel. Its predecessor is The Hamlet. Its successor, The Mansion, will ultimately conclude the chronicle of the Snopeses, who took root in Yoknapatawpha County and proliferated through and beyond it until they out-maneuvered and overpowered a society and a culture that had little defense against their invincible rapacity.

By returning to the town of Jefferson, William Faulkner is home again in the world that he brought into being and peopled with the population of his imagination. There are the irrepressible tribe of Snopes, the natively wise V. K. Ratliff, the family Mallison, Lawyer Gavin Stevens, the De Spains, the Varners, and two women, Eula and Linda, who take a prominent place in the memorable and variegated gallery of characters created by the 1950 Nobel laureate in literature.

The Town, by itself, is a distinct entity; as the second part of the Snopes triptych, it is a unit, conceived and executed in an undertaking that, in its entirety, will be considered an impressive addition to the slowly growing list of distinguished American novels.


Nobel laureate in literature, twice winner of the National Book Award, recipient of the Howells Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Pulitzer Prize in 1955, William Faulkner has written within three decades twenty-three volumes, of which some of the most famous are The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying, Light in August, Sanctuary, Absalom, Absalom!, Intruder in the Dust, The Hamlet and A Fable.

His works have been translated into every civilized language and are read in every part of the world; both in America and abroad he is acknowledgedly one of the first among living writers. Born in Mississippi in 1897, he has during all of his life made his home in the university town of Oxford, but his mythical Yoknapatawpha County is a land and a people of his own creation, and the tribe of Snopes who dominate The Hamlet and The Town are an elemental force of invincible ambition, rapacity and power.

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