• Fine Printed Books and Manuscr auction at Christies

    Sale 2227

    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    4 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 45

    FAULKNER, William. Sanctuary. New York: Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith, 1931.

    Price Realised  

    FAULKNER, William. Sanctuary. New York: Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith, 1931.

    8o. Original quarter gray cloth and magenta boards; dust jacket (very slight age-toning to spine panel, a few nicks and chips); cloth slipcase.

    FIRST EDITION, FIRST BINDING. "Sanctuary was written in haste when Faulkner was tired of never selling; like the stories in These Thirteen, it is Faulkner for the non-Faulknerites, determined to shock... It has been suggested that the enormous appeal of the underworld is that it contains the true vitality of America in its code. It is the world of the subconscious Id with the police and law as super ego... The novel was a popular success though attacked by Wyndham Lewis in his Men Without Art and I offer it here for not liking Faulkner better" (Connolly, The Modern Movement 69). Massey 249; Peterson A8b.


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