Intruder in the Dust - William Faulkner 1948 - Random House, New York - First Edition William Faulkner’s savage tale of racial injustice in a sleepy southern town, this engrossing murder mystery follows the story of Lucas Beauchamp, a black man wrongly accused of the murder of a white man. Confronted with the threat of lynching, Lucas – aided by a white lawyer and his young nephew – sets out to prove his innocence.

First edition in the beautiful jacket designed by E. McKnight Kauffer.

A Haycraft-Queen cornerstone of crime and detective fiction, as named by Howard Haycraft and Ellery Queen on their definitive list of mystery novels.
  The novel was adapted into a film in 1949, directed by Clarence Brown, and starring David Brian and Claude Jarman, Jr.

William Faulkner (1897-1962) was an important American writer of Southern literature. Many of his novels and short stories are set in the fictional Yoknapatawpha Country, a small-town loosely based on his hometown of Oxford, Mississippi. His writing is best known for its experimental style, distinctive cadence, stream of consciousness narrative, and Gothic themes. He was the recipient of two Pulitzer Prizes and the Nobel Prize for literature, as well as the National Book Award.

References: Crowther, ‘
Review: Intruder in the Dust’ The New York Times 1949. Levinger, ‘The Prophet Faulkner’ Atlantic Monthly 2000. Minter, William Faulkner: His Life and Work 1980. Petersen, Each in Its Ordered Place, A24b.

Octavo pp. [6] 247 [3]. In publisher’s black cloth, lettered in gilt and blue to spine and front boards, top edge tinted blue, dust jacket priced $3.00 to upper corner of front flap.
  Condition: Fine in very good dust jacket, minor toning to spine and rear panel, rubbing to spine ends, 2 cm closed tear to upper edge of front panel.   Ref: 109450   Price: HK$ 2,500