"The principles of victory and of defeat inhabit the same body and the necessary opponent, enemy, is merely the bed they self-exhaust each other on": Signed Limited First Edition of A Fable; Signed by William Faulkner

  • A Fable.

A Fable.


Item Number: 27009

New York: Random House, 1954.

Signed limited first edition of the first novel to win both Pulitzer and National Book Award. Octavo, original cloth. One of a thousand signed numbered copies. Fine in the original glassine wrapper. The slipcase is in fine condition. A superior example, not often seen in this condition.

The Fable won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in 1955. An allegorical story of World War I, set in the trenches in France and dealing ostensibly with a mutiny in a French regiment, it was originally considered a sharp departure for Faulkner. Recently it has come to be recognized as one of his major works and an essential part of the Faulkner oeuvre. Faulkner himself fought in the war, and his descriptions of it "rise to magnificence," according to The New York Times, and include, in Malcolm Cowley's words, "some of the most powerful scenes he ever conceived." Petersen A31b

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