105. Faulkner (William) As I Lay Dying, first edition, first issue, with the dropped 'I' in the first line of p.11, first state original cloth, with lettering unbroken at head, spine ends and corners a little bumped, otherwise excellent, dust-jacket, spine very slightly darkened, very light fraying to spine ends, but overall a near-fine copy, preserved in custom drop-back box, 8vo, New York, 1930.
est. £2000 – £3000
‘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.’ William Van O’Connor, The Tangled Fire of William Faulkner