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Thus , when the novel opens he is running along the fence that bounds the golf
course which was formerly the Compsons ' pasture : ' Through the fence ,
between the curling flower spaces , I could see them hitting . ' The first words of
Jason Compson , who exposes himself in all his meanness and vulgarity in the
third part of the novel , is a superb ... in the state mental hospital , he represents
the final degeneration of the Compsons , the end of all their illusions of grandeur .
Rosa Coldfield ' s version of Sutpen is presented in the first chapter of the novel ;
General Compson ' s and his son ' s follow in the next four . We begin to
understand the roots of Sutpen ' s behaviour . Born among the poorest of poor
whites in ...
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As with the predecessor, 'Tradition and Dream' is just a great piece of literary history. But it's better than the earlier history (which dealt with English fiction until about 1914) for a few reasons ... Read full review
The Southern Novel Between the Wars
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