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Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature

Quentin Compson and Shreve, his Harvard room-mate, are obsessed by the rise and fall of Thomas Sutpen. As a poor white boy, Sutpen was turned away from a plantation owner's mansion by a Negro butler. From then on, Sutpen determined to be a Virginia plantation owner himself. His ambitions are soon realized: plantation, marriage, children, his own troop to fight in the Civil War. . . but Sutpen returns to find his estate in ruins. Worse, Charles, son of Sutpen's first repudiated to a partly coloured girl, seeks engagement to Sutpen's daughter, Judith. When Charles realizes this he offers to give up Judith for recognition by Sutpen.

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  • Absalom, Absalom!
    William Faulkner

    Paperback

    9780099475118

    April 4, 1995

    Vintage Classics

    384 pages

    RRP $22.99

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