22 June 2010
FAULKNER, William. The Sound and the Fury. New York: Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith, 1929.
8o. Original cloth-backed black and grey patterned boards, top edge stained blue; pictorial dust jacket featuring adaptation of Käthe Kollwitz theme (slightest wear along extreme top edge, short closed tear at top of rear spine fold, otherwise extremely fine and bright); quarter morocco slipcase. Provenance: Henrik Falktoft (sale Christie's East, 17 April 2001, lot 58).
FIRST EDITION OF FAULKNER'S FIRST GREAT NOVEL, in the earliest dust jacket with Maurice Hindus's Humanity Uprooted priced $3.00 on rear panel. The Sound and the Fury is Set in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County, The Sound and the Fury centers on the Compson family, former Southern aristocrats who are struggling with the dissolution of their family and its reputation. Published in 1929, Faulkner' fourth novel employs a number of narrative styles, including the technique known as stream-of-consciousness, pioneered by 20th-century European novelists such as James Joyce and Virginia Woolf. Although it was not immediately successful, it would eventually become Faulkner's most popular work. AN EXCEPTIONALLY FINE COPY of one of the most original and influential novels in American literature, particularly scarce in this condition, with unfaded dust jacket spine. Massey 322; Petersen A6.2a.
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