New York: Random House, 1954. First Edition, First Printing. Decorative cloth. 8vo, maroon cloth with peach & silver lettering on spine plus three reddish-&-black doubled crosses embossed on the front cover, Mylar-protected gray-blue dust jacket with a black cross (unclipped) by Riki Levinson, blue-gray endpapers, yellow topstain, 437 pages. Near Fine / Very Good. Item #3419
Near Fine Condition: tight & bright, clean throughout except for faint traces of erasures on page 17. Dust jacket is complete, bright and crisp with some fading to spine and slight rubbing to its edges and a couple of nicks. Lower right corners of front blue-gray endpaper once dog-eared & straightened leaving faint bends on pp.1-16. "$4.75" price and "8/54" on lower corner of front flap. "First Printing" stated. Petersen A31a. Brodsky & Hamblin #s1044-1052.
William Faulkner (1897 – 1962) was an American writer and Nobel Prize laureate from Oxford, Mississippi. He is primarily known for his novels and short stories set in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County, based on Lafayette County, Mississippi, his homeland.
Faulkner is one of the most celebrated writers in American literature generally and Southern literature specifically. Two of his works, A Fable (1954) and his last novel The Reivers (1962), won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The Modern Library has ranked his novels The Sound and the Fury (1929), As I Lay Dying (1930), and Light in August (1932) on its list of the 100 Best English-language novels of the 20th century.
Faulkner spent more than a decade and tremendous effort on A FABLE. He had hopes for it to be "the best work of my life and maybe of my time." A FABLE was not set in Yoknapatawpha County but in France during World War I. It deals with Corporal Stephen, who disobeys orders and refuses to attack, fatally, and with deadly irony just as the Great War ended--so he is executed...and becomes a Jesus-like figure. The novel won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award in 1955.--Wiki modified.