Light in August

William FAULKNER

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Light in August
Light in August
Light in August
Light in August

"SECURES HIS PLACE AT THE VERY FRONT OF AMERICAN WRITERS OF FICTION"

FAULKNER, William. Light in August. (New York): Harrison Smith & Robert Haas, (1932). Octavo, original beige cloth, original dust jacket. $8500.

First edition, first issue of one of Faulkner's most powerful and ambitious novels, a splendid copy.

Published a year after his controversial Sanctuary, Faulkner's tale of Joe Christmas and Lena Grove received almost universal acclaim. The New York Times called it "an astonishing performance… Light in August is a powerful novel, a book which secures Mr. 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… Light in August is perhaps best read as Faulkner's ironic Gospel" (Parini, 178-83). First issue, with first printing statement on copyright page, and "Jefferson" for "Mottstown" on page 340, line 1; first-issue binding, lettered in blue and orange. Without glassine wrapper, rarely found. Petersen A13.1a. Brodsky 134. Bruccoli & Clark I:122.

Book fine; lightest toning to spine, minute edge-wear to colorful about-fine dust jacket.

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