Having made his mark in Frenchman’s Bend, ambitious Flem Snopes sets his sights on the town of Jefferson. Rising up through the ranks of Jefferson’s bank, Flem uses his power to influence life in the town and control his unruly family. With the same memorable characters from The Hamlet, The Town is the second book in William Faulkner’s Snopes trilogy and continues his commentary on post-war economic troubles in the American South.
Published 17 years after The Hamlet, The Town marked Faulkner’s return to Snopes’s story, which he completed with The Mansion. While a self-contained novel, The Hamlet’s meaning and social commentary is deepened when read in conjunction with the other Snopes books.
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