Requiem for a Nun.

"The past is never dead. It's not even past": First Edition of William Faulkner's Requiem for a Nun; Inscribed by Him to His Cousin

Requiem for a Nun.

FAULKNER, William.


Item Number: 112874

New York: Random House, 1951.

First edition of the sequel to Faulkner’s Sanctuary. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication to his first cousin, “With love to Sallie Burns William Faulkner Oxford MS 20 Oct 1951.” Sallie Falkner Burns was close with Faulkner and is mentioned in a number of Faulkner biographies, as she knew more about his childhood and later years more than anyone living. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design M. McKnight Kauffer.

The sequel to Faulkner's early novel Sanctuary, Requiem for a Nun follows the previously introduced characters of Temple Drake, her friend (later husband) Gowan Stevens, and Gowan's uncle Gavin Stevens. The events in Requiem are set in Faulkner's fictional Yoknapatawpha County and Jackson, Mississippi, in November 1937 and March 1938, eight years after the events of Sanctuary. In Requiem, Temple, now married with a child, must learn to deal with her violent, turbulent past as related in Sanctuary.

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