New York: Random House, 1948. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's black cloth, spine and upper board decoratively stamped in blue and gilt, top edge stained light gray, original illustrated dust jacket. Housed in a custom cloth clamshell box.
Stated first printing of Faulkner's stirring, suspenseful novel of a southern black farmer wrongfully accused of murdering a white man. "It doesn't follow that Intruder, short, funny, simple of outline, with its detective-story casing, is one of the less difficult of Faulkner's novels. Offering side-by-side variations of numerous words, daringly long, building ever-working sentences..., moods and moments arrested, pulled up to peaks, willfully crowned with beauty and terror and surprise and comedy, Faulkner has at once re-explored his world with his marvelous style that can always search in new ways, and also appeared to use from beginning to end the prerogatives of an impromptu piece of work" (Eudora Welty, The Hudson Review, Winter 1949). The novel was Faulkner's first in eight years, published one year before he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Dust jacket designed by E. McKnight Kauffer. Petersen A26.2. Faint embrowning from binder's glue to pastedowns at gutter; unclipped dust jacket with minor rubbing to head of spine, two tiny closed tears to bottom edge of rear panel, and minor soiling. An uncommonly fresh, near fine copy. Item #1244