“No man is ever free and probably could not bear it if he were": First Edition of William Faulkner's Go Down, Moses in the scarce original dust jacket
Go Down, Moses.
Item Number: 101637
New York: Random House, 1942.
First trade edition, first issue, of Faulkner’s masterpiece of interrelated short stories, with the first book appearance of “The Bear.” Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing.
Go Down, Moses "was a landmark volume for Faulkner… Here we have the Southern dilemma, and Faulkner has transformed it into the American" (Karl, 665-67). "So committed was Faulkner to the expansive possibilities of the short story form that in Go Down, Moses he created what he always insisted was a novel composed entirely of interrelated stories previously published separately" (Gelfant, 252). One of the most acclaimed stories, "The Bear," had appeared, in abbreviated form, in the Saturday Evening Post the same year (Brodsky 229); the coming-of-age tale remains one of Faulkner's most anthologized. A contemporary review in the Boston Globe said of all the stories that they "represent William Faulkner at his best. Which is equivalent to saying the best we have." First issue, in black cloth with the top edge stained red. Stated "First Printing." Both the trade and rare signed limited copies of this book are from the same printing. Brodsky 232-234. Petersen A23.2b.