"Faulker believed in failure – or at least he believed in risking it." (Michael Gorra)
THE SOUND AND THE FURY
By William Faulkner
First printing, in the evocative and notoriously scarce first-state dust jacket (here professionally restored).
Very good in very good plus jacket.
THE SOUND AND THE FURY
"THE SOUND AND THE FURY now seems the novelistic equivalent of drawing to an inside striaght – foolish to try, yet glorious in its achievement." – Michael Gorra
The best known work of the early 20th-century American master of stream-of-consciousness, first conceived with the image of a girl in a pear tree. Through fits and starts, Faulkner gradually composed it in four different parts, each written in a different style to reflect the perspective of that narrator (with the last, and easiest to understand, in 3rd person). This story of one family in Mississippi was an enormous risk: its success is a great American example of the beauty and power of art.
Read more: Gorra, preface to the third Norton Critical edition (2014); Bruccoli & Clark, I:121.
New York: Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith, (1929). 7.5'' x 5.25''. Original quarter white cloth, black-and-white patterned paper boards. In original dust jacket with HUMANITY UPROOTED priced at $3.00 on rear panel. Black-and-white patterned endpapers, black topstain, fore-edge machine deckle. , 401,  pages. Bookseller tickets on pastedowns. Book with light toning to spine and extremities, with topstain somewhat faded; jacket expertly restored, with the famously fugitive red faded on spine: front panel vivid, and shows well.
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