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THE HAMLET—William Faulkner —Random House ($2.50).

The locale of The Hamlet is Frenchman's Bend, a little clump of houses sunk 20 miles deep in the country from Jefferson (presumably Oxford), Miss. The time is the late 19th Century. What the story's essential subject is, God—and just possibly William Faulkner—knows. Apparently it is a study of the village itself, chiefly in terms of an evil clan of intruders named Snopes. The volume is built in four books, like the four movements of a symphony.

Book One is a sort of muted epic on those tricks of sharp rural trading...

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