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“Memory Believes Before Knowing Remembers”

68. FAULKNER, William.

Light in August.

New York, 1932. Octavo, orig-

inal beige cloth, dust jacket.

$6800.

First edition, first issue of one of Faulkner’s most powerful and ambitious

novels.

“Faulkner’s novels... met with Nazi disapproval... regarding him

as an optimistic, humanistic and religious author and his South as the

focal point of the universal problems of humankind.” At the same time,

after World War II “because of what was considered Faulkner’s nega-

tive depiction of the United States, Faulkner’s works were not included

in the official translation program of the U.S. military government for

Germany”

(Hamblin & Peek).

Light in August

is a powerful novel, a book which securesMr. Faulkner’s

place at the very front of American writers of fiction” (

Books of the

Century,

100–01).” A searing novel… For the first time in his writing,

Faulkner directly confronts racial prejudice in the South… perhaps

best read as Faulkner’s ironic Gospel” (Parini, 178–83). Without glass-

ine wrapper, rarely found. Book fine; expert restoration to bright dust

jacket. A lovely copy.

“I had seen and known negroes

since I could remember. I just

looked at them as I did at rain, or

furniture, or food or sleep. But after

that I seemed to see them for the

first time not as people, but as a

thing, a shadow in which I lived,

we lived, all white people, all other

people.”

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