Light In August.
"Memory believes before knowing remembers": First Edition of William Faulkners Light In August; Inscribed by Him
Light In August.
Item Number: 135388
New York: Harrison Smith & Robert Haas, 1932.
First edition, first issue, with first printing statement on copyright page, and “Jefferson” for “Mottstown” on page 340, line 1; first-issue binding, lettered in blue and orange. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Eric Dawson William Faulkner Oxford 3 October 1934.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Petersen A13a; Howard A13.1a; Massey 103. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed, with only two examples appearing at auction in the last 90 years.
One of William Faulkners most admired and accessible novels, Light in August reveals the great American author at the height of his powers. Lena Groves resolute search for the father of her unborn child begets a rich, poignant, and ultimately hopeful story of perseverance in the face of mortality. It also acquaints us with several of Faulkners most unforgettable characters, including the Reverend Gail Hightower, plagued by visions of Confederate horsemen, and Joe Christmas, a ragged, itinerant soul obsessed with his mixed-race ancestry. Powerfully entwining these characters stories, Light in August brings to life Faulkners imaginary South, one of literatures great invented landscapes, in all of its unerringly fascinating glory. "No man ever put more of his heart and soul into the written word than did William Faulkner. If you want to know all you can about that heart and soul, the fiction where he put it is still right there" (Eudora Welty).