First modern library edition of William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury & As I Lay Dying; inscribed by William Faulkner to lifelong friend Phil Stone
New York: The Modern Library , 1946.
First modern library edition of Faulkner’s two great novels. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the pastedown, “To Phil Stone from Bill Faulkner.” The recipient, Phil Stone and William Faulkner both hailed from Oxford, Mississippi, where they met in 1914. Stone, a law student, quickly became the Faulkner’s close friend and confidant; he was “uniquely fitted to serve as William Faulkner’s friend and mentor. He was a compulsive talker, a man who loved to teach and tell stories. Moved by impulses toward literary creation but lacking the drive to carry them through to fruition, he could satisfy them only vicariously. He would later say of himself, ‘I’m like an elaborate, intricate piece of machinery which doesn’t quite work'” (Blotner 44). As they grew older, Stone encouraged his friend’s literary interests: his secretaries typed Faulkner’s early work and he personally paid for the fine press publication of The Marble Faun, Faulkner’s first book. In turn, Faulkner would dedicate the three books of the Snopes Trilogy to Stone, and base characters on both Stone and his family. The lawyer Gavin Stevens, a major character in Intruder in the Dust and Knight’s Gambit, was based upon him. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom cloth and chemise slipcase with gilt morocco spine label. Rare and desirable.