New York: Harrison Smith and Robert Haas, 1932. First edition. A very nearly Fine copy of the book with some offsetting to the end-papers near the gutter, otherwise clean and likely unread. In a Very Good dust jacket with fading, small chips and some splash marks on the spine, otherwise a fairly tidy example.
Written on the verge of the outbreak of World War II, William Faulkner’s “Light in August” examines complex moral issues and race dynamics within a conservative and prejudiced southern landscape. The story follows two strangers, Lena Grove and Joe Christmas, who move to Mississippi. Lena, a pregnant woman looking for the father of her unborn child, struggles for acceptance as Joe grapples with his suspected black heritage. Stylistically modern, Faulkner’s drama is non-linear and paints an unforgiving portrait of his protagonists and southern culture. In a contemporary review, The New York Times called Faulkner “a stylist of striking strength and beauty,” who had secured his place “in the very front rank of American writers of fiction.” Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket. (Item #1503)