Spring 1941 • Vol. III No. 2 Book Reviews |

The Snopes World

The Hamlet. By William Faulkner. Random House. $2.50 The Hamlet is William Faulkner's fourteenth published book of prose fiction. With its opening sentence it proclaims itself a part of that world of Jefferson, Mississippi, and its back country, which has been the scene of almost all of Faulkner's fiction: "Frenchman's Bend was a section of rich river-bottom country lying twenty miles southeast of Jefferson." By its sub-title, "A Novel of the Snopes Family," it proclaims a personal, and perhaps thematic, as well as geographical and sociological, continuity with the previous books, for members of the Snopes family have appeared before and have already defined for themselves a characteristic role. But the relation of The Hamlet to Faulkner's other books has, naturally, other aspects, aspects concerning which various reviewers have bitterly contradicted each other. For instance, one prominent reviewer has professed to see a new development in the Faulkner of The Hamlet, a new, heal

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Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989) was one of the preeminent authors of the twentieth century: a poet, novelist, and literary critic who was one of the founders of New Criticism. He earned a master's degree at the University of California, studied at New College, Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar; he taught at Vanderbilt, Louisiana State, the University of Minnesota, and Yale University. Warren was a charter member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. He received the Pulitzer Prize three times, for All the King's Men (1946) and for poetry (1958 and 1979). Three years before his death, he was appointed the first poet laureate of the United States.

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