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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 Mansion
First edition
AuthorWilliam Faulkner
CountryUnited States
SeriesSnopes trilogy
PublisherRandom House
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)
Preceded byThe Town 
Followed byThe Reivers 

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]


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]


  1. ^ Moore, Geoffrey (Summer 1960). "Review: Mink Agonistes". The Kenyon Review. 22 (3): 519–522. JSTOR 4334060.
  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. JSTOR 40753691.
  3. ^ Díez, Enrique Garcia (September 1981). "Mink's Sense of Honour in Faulkner's "The Mansion"". Atlantis. 2 (2): 37–42. JSTOR 41054450.
  4. ^ Bigelow, Gordon E (December 1960). "Faulkner's Snopes Saga". The English Journal. 49 (9): 595–605. JSTOR 810481.
  5. ^ Levine, Paul (December 1961). "Love and Money in the Snopes Trilogy". College English. 23 (3): 196–203. JSTOR 373006.

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