By Carol Siri Johnson
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1835 The mansion at Sutpen’s Hundred is almost finished, so Thomas Sutpen allows the French architect to leave and plans to court Ellen Coldfield. 1838 Thomas Sutpen and Ellen Coldfield are married in a ceremony that the townspeople refuse to attend. 1839 Henry Sutpen is born. 1841 Judith Sutpen is born. 1845 Rosa Coldfield is born to middle-aged parents; her mother dies in childbirth. 1850 Wash Jones, a poor white squatter, moves to Jefferson with his daughter Melicent, and camps out on Thomas Sutpen’s land.
Wash Jones—Poor white squatter and handyman for Sutpen. Jones kills Sutpen. Luster—Young African-American boy, who is a central character in The Sound and the Fury. Major de Spain—The Jefferson sheriff, who killed Thomas Sutpen’s murderer, Wash Jones. Shreve McCannon—Quentin’s Canadian roommate at Harvard, to whom Quentin narrates the story. Theophilus McCaslin—One of Faulkner’s stock characters, Theophilus McCaslin prayed over Charles Bon’s grave while he was being buried. Pettibone—The wealthy plantation owner from whose door Thomas Sutpen was turned away.
Although the reviews of 1936 were mixed (Clifton Fadiman, in The New Yorker, called it “the most consistently boring novel by a reputable writer to come my way during the last decade”), today Absalom, Absalom! is widely accepted as a modernist American classic. Whatever your opinion, Absalom, Absalom! is certainly a dense, interesting, and complicated text, with many layers of meaning, and many levels of understanding. The reader can choose the level at which to enter the novel—as a tale of incest, or as a family history of slavery and murder.