Compson family

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Compson family
First appearance The Sound and the Fury
Created by William Faulkner
Nationality American

Compson is a fictional family created by American author William Faulkner for use in his novels and short stories. A once prominent family in Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi, the family began to fall on hard times in the twentieth century. The family name is referred to briefly in the opening chapter of Requiem for a Nun. Principally depicted in The Sound and the Fury and in its appendix, they also make appearances in Absalom, Absalom! and stories such as "That Evening Sun." Faulkner traced their genealogy from 1699 to 1945.[1]

Compson family members[edit]

Jason Lycurgus Compson I; Quentin MacLachan Compson II (the Old Governor); Gen. Jason Lycurgus Compson II; Jason Richmond Lycurgus Compson III; his wife Caroline Bascomb Compson (-1933); their children Quentin (1891-1910), Jason (1894-), Candace (known as Caddy), Benjamin (known as Benjy, originally named Maury before his name was changed) (1895-1936); Caddy's daughter (Miss) Quentin (1911-).


  1. ^ Padgett, John (October 9, 2000). "A Faulkner Glossary". University of Mississippi. Retrieved 27 February 2010.