"I set out deliberately to write a tour-de-force. Before I ever put pen to paper and set down the first words, I knew what the last word would be. Before I began I said, I am going to write a book by which, at a pinch, I can stand or fall if I never touch ink again." -Faulkner, on As I Lay Dying
FIRST EDITION, first issue, one of only 750 copies.
"If T.S. Eliot was right in saying that American fiction took its first step forward since Henry James in The Great Gatsby, then one should be free to say that As I Lay Dying, which makes Fitzgerald's technique seem wooden and creaky, was a tremendous stride forward, making possible levels of awareness, a sense of variety, and a saturation of reality that would have delighted Henry James" (O'Connor, The Tangled Fire of William Faulkner). Petersen A7.
New York: Jonathan Cape, (1930). Octavo, original cloth, original dust jacket. FIRST ISSUE, with “I” in the first line of page 11 dropped, in first state binding with lettering unbroken. (It is believed that only 750 of the 2522 copies of the first edition are in the first state). Book near-fine, dust jacket very good with toning to spine, small tape repair to verso, and chipping to spine ends.
Price: $7,500 .