New York: Harrison Smith and Robert Haas, 1932. First edition. A Fine copy of the book in a very Near Fine dust jacket. Dust jacket spine a trifle faded, two very short tears on the front panel. Previous owner's name stamped on the inner paste-down.
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.” Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #2976)