22 June 2010
FAULKNER, William. The Unvanquished. New York: Random House, 1938.
8o. Original grey cloth (spine slightly sunned); pictorial dust jacket (spine slightly sunned, a few chips at ends of spine); quarter morocco slipcase. Provenance: Lida Oldham, Faulkner's mother-in-law (presentation inscription).
FIRST EDITION, TRADE ISSUE. PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY FAULKNER on the half-title: "Miss Lida Oldham." ADDITIONALLY INSCRIBED on the title: "William Faulkner 19 October 1938."
A FINE FAMILY ASSOCIATION COPY, inscribed by Faulkner to his mother-in-law. As a teenager in Oxford, Faulkner dated the popular daughter of Major Lemuel and Lida Oldham, and believed he would someday marry her. Estelle dated other boys during their romance, however, and one of them, Cornell Franklin, ended up proposing marriage to her in 1918, before Faulkner. Estelle's parents insisted she marry Cornell, as he was an Ole Miss law graduate, had recently been commissioned as a major in the Hawaiian Territorial Forces, and came from a respectable family with which they were old friends. Estelle's marriage to Franklin fell apart ten years later, and she was divorced in April of 1929. Faulkner married Estelle in June 1929 at College Hill Presbyterian Church just outside of Oxford, Mississippi. They honeymooned on the Mississippi Gulf Coast at Pascagoula, then returned to Oxford, first living with relatives while they searched for a home of their own to purchase. In 1930 Faulkner purchased the antebellum home Rowan Oak, known at that time as "The Bailey Place". Massey 364; Petersen A19.2.
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