The Mansion (novel)

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The Mansion
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First edition
Author William Faulkner
Country United States
Language English
Series Snopes trilogy
Publisher Random House
Publication date
1959
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 452
ISBN 0-394-70282-4
OCLC 2572834
Preceded by The Town
Followed by The Reivers

The Mansion is a novel by the American author William Faulkner, published in 1959. It is the last in a trilogy of books about the fictional Snopes family of Mississippi, following The Hamlet and The Town.

The novel charts the downfall of Flem Snopes at the hands of his relative Mink Snopes, in part aided by Flem's deaf Spanish-Civil-War-veteran daughter, Linda Snopes. It falls into three parts: 'Mink', 'Linda', and 'Flem'. Three narrators tell the story, Gavin Stevens, V.K. Ratliff, and Charles Mallison.[1]

Themes[edit]

The Mansion deals with the South's displaced economic landscape in the first half of the twentieth century, rural populism, and racial and social tensions.

Theodore Greene has discussed the key characters of the novel and related them to his interpretation of Faulkner's general philosophy of life.[2] Enrique García Díez has examined the change in stature of Mink in the course of the novel, and makes analogies with older literary forms and figures.[3] Gordon Bigelow has commented on the evolution of Faulkner's own attitude towards Flem during the course of the trilogy.[4] Paul Levine has discussed the recurring themes of love and money in the course of the trilogy.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Moore, Geoffrey (Summer 1960). "Review: Mink Agonistes". The Kenyon Review. 22 (3): 519–522. Retrieved 2016-07-21. 
  2. ^ Greene, Theodore (Winter 1961). "The Philosophy of Life Implicit in Faulkner's The Mansion". Texas Studies in Literature and Language. 2 (4): 401–418. Retrieved 2016-07-21. 
  3. ^ Díez, Enrique Garcia (September 1981). "Mink's Sense of Honour in Faulkner's "The Mansion"". Atlantis. 2 (2): 37–42. Retrieved 2016-07-21. 
  4. ^ Bigelow, Gordon E (December 1960). "Faulkner's Snopes Saga". The English Journal. 49 (9): 595–605. Retrieved 2016-07-21. 
  5. ^ Levine, Paul (December 1961). "Love and Money in the Snopes Trilogy". College English. 23 (3): 196–203. Retrieved 2016-07-21. 

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Preceded by
The Town
Novels set in Yoknapatawpha County Succeeded by
The Reivers