Intruder in the Dust

Price: 235.00 USD

New York: Random House, 1948. First Printing (so stated) of Faulkner's seventeenth novel. 8vo: [4],247,[1]pp. Publisher's black cloth, spine and upper cover stamped in blue and gold, top edge stained blue, title page printed in blue and black; pictorial dust jacket, illustrated by E. McKnight Kauffer, priced $3.00. About Fine, in a better than Near Fine (short closed tears on front panel and rear spine fold). Provenance: small (almost miniscule) collector's stamp on paste downs and front fly leaf. Haycraft Queen Cornerstone. Petersen A26.2. Fargnoli, pp. 137-45. Hanna 1116. Coan, p. 187. Witham, p. 317. Framed as a detective story, this is the narrative of a fiercely independent black man falsely accused of murder. Faulkner based the plot on an actual event from the 1930s in which a black man was put on trial for killing a white, but while the jury deliberated a mob broke into the Oxford, Mississippi, jail, seized the prisoner and lynched him along a country road. The novel was timely: an anti-lynching measure was then (1948) before congress and the Democratic Party platform called for civil rights for blacks, which led to the Dixiecrat revolt of southern Democrats. A film based on the book premiered in Oxford, the model for Faulkner's fictional town of Jefferson, in Yoknapatawpha County. Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. First Edition. Fine-.


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