By William Faulkner
The Mansion completes Faulkner’s nice trilogy of the Snopes family members within the legendary county of Yoknapatawpha, Mississippi, which additionally contains The Hamlet and The Town. starting with the homicide of Jack Houston, and finishing with the homicide of Flem Snopes, it strains the downfall of this indomitable post-bellum kinfolk, who controlled to grab keep an eye on of the city of Jefferson inside a generation.
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