FAULKNER, William. Autograph manuscript fragment draft for ''The Bear,'' ca 1940-42. One page, 4to, approximately 150 words, including deletions; quarter morocco slipcase.
FAULKNER, William. Autograph manuscript fragment draft for "The Bear," ca 1940-42. One page, 4to, approximately 150 words, including deletions; quarter morocco slipcase.
Reading in full:
"I shouldn't know anything about what happened before at the... [line deleted]
"Old Ben was dead. Yes sir, old Ben was dead. There he was a massive mound of dead flesh laying as he had fallen, the partially hiddened body of a hound lying underneath his body, his great heavy head stretched...
"Old Ben was dead, yes sir, old Ben was dead. The biggest bear that ever was in Tallahatchie bottoms. There he was, that once wild ...
"We finished our supper of fresh venison [line deleted]
"After supper was Finished we all trooped back from the kitchen and dining room still smelling and tasting of the supper that was traditional to the open meal of the deer camp the night before deer season was [deleted] would open, cold coon--I don't think I ever saw anyone that ever liked the things--but we all ate it--there was no getting out of it"
Widely acclaimed as a masterpiece of modern American literature, Faulkner's "The Bear" is considered among the best stories written in the twentieth century. Following revisions of earlier versions published as "Lion" in Harper's Magazine in December, 1935, and as "The Bear" in The Saturday Evening Post in May, 1942, "The Bear" appeared in its fullest form as a chapter in Go Down, Moses (1942). The text in this manuscript fragment does not correspond directly to the death of Old Ben sequence found in the Go Down, Moses version of 1942, and may have been from an another version of the story or an unused draft passage.