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Faulkner, William
New York: Boni and Liveright, 1927. First edition, first printing. One of 3, 047 copies. Publisher's navy cloth, lettered in pale yellow, pictorial blue endpapers with floral vine pattern in white. Near fine, with some minor rubbing to the extremities, otherwise fresh binding, bookseller's plate to the rear pastedown, otherwise fresh interior. A handsome copy. Peterson A4.1a. The author's second novel, Mosquitoes is a satirical text about the New Orleans literary and artistic communities in the early 20th century. Specifically, it tells the story of a group of artists and poets, representing a wide range of skills and personalities, who have embarked on a yachting excursion hosted by Mrs. Patricia Maurier, a widowed and aging patron of the arts. Mosquitoes is divided into six chapters, with one chapter dedicated to each of the four days of the yachting trip as well as a prologue and epilogue. Throughout the novel, Faulkner describes the characters' interactions with one another with underlying themes of sexuality, all the while exploring his overarching theme of the artist's role in society. A semi-autobiographical novel, Mosquitoes was decidedly influenced by Faulkner's life in New Orleans as an aspiring writer, and, its focus on the role of artist in society clearly reflects Faulkner's determination to define himself as a young author. Near Fine. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: B & B Rare Books, Ltd., ABAA [New York, NY, U.S.A.]
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