1932. New York: Harrison Smith & Robert Haas, 1932.
8vo., [iv], 480 pp., with title-vignette. Original tan cloth lettered in orange to upper board, backstrip lettered in blue, with original pictorial dust jacket, top-edge orange. Dust jacket has a few tiny nicks at the edges, remnants of the original glassine wrapper remain intact, a very good copy.
§ First edition, first printing. A fine copy of Light in August, in the iconic jacket designed by Arthur Hawkins. “Set in the author's present day, the interwar period, the novel centers on two strangers who arrive at different times in Jefferson, Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi, a fictional county based on Faulkner's home, Lafayette County, Mississippi. The plot first focuses on Lena Grove, a young pregnant white woman from Alabama looking for the father of her unborn child, and then shifts to explore the life of Joe Christmas, a man who has settled in Jefferson and passes as white, but who secretly believes he has some black ancestry...In a loose, unstructured modernist narrative style that draws from Christian allegory and oral storytelling, Faulkner explores themes of race, sex, class and religion in the American South... over time, the novel has come to be considered one of the most important literary works by Faulkner and one of the best English-language novels of the 20th century.” (Wikipedia). Item #108678