William Faulkner: The Hamlet (3206 words)


What eventually became The Hamlet (New York: Random House, 1940), William Faulkner's twelfth novel, his eighth about Yoknapatawpha (the apocryphal Mississippi county he created in his fiction), and the first volume of his Snopes trilogy, had its origins in the 1920s in stories swapped back and forth between Faulkner and his friend, Phil Stone, an Oxford, Mississippi, attorney, about the rise of poor whites and rednecks in social, political, and economic competition with the old southern aristocracy. Stone, in fact, claimed to have invented the Snopeses, but it was Faulkner who immortalized them.

Faulkner's first attempt at a Snopes novel, “Father Abraham”, written about 1926 or 1927, but not published in its …

Citation: Meats, Stephen E.. "The Hamlet". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 May 2009 [https://staging.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=658, accessed 07 August 2022.]

658 The Hamlet 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

Save this article

If you need to create a new bookshelf to save this article in, please make sure that you are logged in, then go to your 'Account' here

Leave Feedback

The Literary Encyclopedia is a living community of scholars. We welcome comments which will help us improve.