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Absalom, Absalom!
New York: Random House, 1936. Signed Limited Edition. Hardcover. This is the publisher’s signed and limited issue of the first edition, preserved in a goatskin clamshell case. Hand-numbered “170”, this is one of 300 copies issued thus, bound in green cloth spine over paper-covered boards printed in green and gold on Holliston Rag paper with gilt top edge, untrimmed fore edge, and the author’s signature on the limitation page. Condition approaches near fine. The binding is square, tight, and sharp. The spine is slightly toned, but nonetheless retains strong color and bright gilt. The fragile, paper-covered boards are unspoiled, with only minor wear to the lower corners. The contents are notably clean apart from modest age-toning; we find no spotting or previous ownership marks. The top edge gilt remains bright and the untrimmed fore edges look unhandled. The binding is protected with a removable, clear mylar cover. The clamshell case is in dark green goatskin, complementing the binding, with rounded spine, raised spine bands, and gilt spine print. Condition of the case is as-new. William Cuthbert Faulkner (1897-1962) was one of the 20th century’s most celebrated writers from the American South. Faulkner excelled in his early school years, but later became an indifferent and withdrawn student, never graduating from high school. Fundamental to his artistic sensibilities were his mother and grandmother, who were not only avid readers, but also painters and photographers, as well as his “mammy,” a black woman named Caroline Barr who raised Faulkner from birth. Faulkner's early works were almost exclusively poetry - he didn't write his first novel until 1925, publishing it in 1926 as Soldiers' Pay. After living in Europe for a short while and writing about some of his experiences there, Faulkner was advised by Sherwood Anderson to write about his native Mississippi. This became the defining and resonating theme of Faulkner’s literary work. Many of his novels and short stories are set in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County, based on Mississippi’s Lafayette County. Like his work, Faulkner was rooted in his native Mississippi. Apart from First World War service with the Canadian and British Royal Air Force (U.S. enlistment was prohibited by his inadequate height), some study at the University of Mississippi, temporary work for a New York Bookstore and a New Orleans newspaper, travel in Europe and Asia, and work as a Hollywood screenwriter, Faulkner spent most of his life in his home town of Oxford in Lafayette. Fame came later in his writing career, with the 1949 Nobel Prize in Literature, for "his powerful and artistically unique contribution to the modern American novel". Faulkner intensely disliked fame, to the point where he didn't even tell his daughter that he had been awarded the Nobel Prize (she found out at her school). He also won the Pulitzer Prize twice, in 1955 for A Fable, and 1963 for The Reivers, his final novel. Among his best-regarded works, Absalom, Absalom! is a story of three families in the South, before, during and after the Civil War. The work takes its title from the Biblical story of Absalom, son of David, who rebels against his father. This publisher’s signed and limited issue of the first edition of Absalom, Absalom! is among the most difficult of Faulkner’s signed, limited editions to find in collector-worthy condition.
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