22 June 2010
FAULKNER, William. Go Down, Moses and Other Stories. New York: Random House, 1942.
8o. Original black cloth, first binding with gilt-lettering and top edges stained red (some finish wear); pictorial dust jacket (some wear, with 2-inch chip on rear panel, price-clipped); quarter morocco slipcase. Provenance: MAUD FAULKNER, his mother (presentation inscription).
FIRST EDITION, TRADE ISSUE, FIRST PRINTING. PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY FAULKNER TO HIS MOTHER on the front free endaper: "To Mother, William Faulkner 24 March. 1942." ADDITIONALLY INSCRIBED on title-page: "William Faulkner Oxford, Miss 24 March, 1942." A pre-publication inscription, it was published 11 May 1942.
Go Down, Moses is a collection of seven related pieces of short fiction, sometimes considered a novel. The most prominent character and unifying voice is that of Isaac McCaslin, "Uncle Ike", who will live to be an old man; "uncle to half a county and father to no one." Though originally considered by the public a collection of short stories, Faulkner insisted in his later years that the book was truly a novel. It includes "The Bear," one of Faulkner's best-known short stories. Massey 449; Peterson A23.2b.
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