First edition of Sanctuary by William Faulkner, in a first state dust jacket.
Octavo, 380pp. Gray cloth spine, red boards, title printed in red on spine. Top edge dyed black. Stated “First Published, 1931” on copyright page. Solid text block, small blemish to spine, a touch of wear to corners, a near fine example. In the publisher’s first state dust jacket, $2.50 retail price on front flap, faint sunning to spine, short closed tear along spine, light wear to corners, flap folds, and spine edges. A presentable copy of one of Faulkner’s best-known titles.
William Faulkner (1897-1962) was a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author, recognized for A Fable in 1955 and The Reivers in 1963. The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying, and Light in August were recognized by The Modern Library on their 1998 list of 100 Best English-language Novels of the 20th Century. Faulkner primarily set his stories in the American South, many of which took place in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County. Sanctuary was written by Faulkner as a “potboiler” to gain some profit after the lack of initial success from previous works. Faulkner received notoriety for Sanctuary, but many readers found the topics unsettling and were wary of the Gothic style. Requiem for a Nun, released in 1951, is the sequel to Sanctuary.