Smart Bets: William Faulkner’s ‘The Hamlet’

Throughout his illustrious oeuvre, William Faulkner turned to first-person narration to delve inside the minds of the characters that populate his fictitious Yoknapatawpha County, Miss. For the first book in his Snopes trilogy, however, the author pivoted to third-person. On Thursday, May 10, at Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar, writers and friends Jim Stokley and Michael Sartisky take on the challenge of performing Faulkner’s prose with dramatic readings of portions of The Hamlet. The 1940 novel chronicles the rise of conniving Flem Snopes and his family in the small town of Frenchman’s Bend. The event begins at 6 p.m., and the bookstore hopes it will prompt an ongoing program of dramatic readings from the works of deceased authors. Free to attend. Photo of Faulkner by Carl Van Vechten, via Wikimedia Commons


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About Edwin Arnaudin
Edwin Arnaudin is a staff writer for Mountain Xpress. He also reviews films for and is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) and North Carolina Film Critics Association (NCFCA). Follow me @EdwinArnaudin

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