Quentin Compson

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Quentin Compson is a fictional character created by William Faulkner. He is an intelligent, neurotic, and introspective son of the Compson Family. He is featured in the classic novels The Sound and the Fury and Absalom, Absalom! as well as the short stories, "That Evening Sun" and "A Justice". Some of his thoughts are articulated with Faulkner's innovative stream-of-consciousness technique. In Absalom, Absalom!, he attempts to solve and reflect on a mysterious tragedy in the past. The passage in The Sound and the Fury's entry gives more information about the character. [clarification needed]

After moving north to study at Harvard College, Compson eventually commits suicide by drowning himself in the Charles River.

Quentin Compson is also the name of his niece, the illegitimate daughter of his sister Candace (Caddy).


The Plaque on Anderson Bridge

A plaque on the Anderson Memorial Bridge (commonly but incorrectly called Larz Anderson Bridge) over the Charles River in Cambridge, Massachusetts, commemorates his life and death. The small brass plaque, the size of one brick, is located on the brick wall of the Eastern (Weld Boathouse) side of the bridge, just North of the middle of the bridge span, about eighteen inches from the ground in a small alcove. It reads:

Drowned in the odour of honeysuckle.


  • Bombardieri, Marcella. "Bridging Fact and Fiction Marker a Nod to Faulkner." The Boston Globe. January 19, 2001.