Hard Cover. New York: Random House, 1954. First Edition. Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing. Publisher's burgundy cloth, stamped to front board in blind and in black with three identical illustrations of a cross, lettered in pink and metallic silver to spine; in the original dust jacket designed by Riki Levinson. About fine with a touch of toning to top edge, else bright and clean; in a near fine dust jacket, price-clipped and with a touch of wear to extremities. Overall, a lovely copy. Peterson A37.2b Written over the course of nine years from December 1944 through November 1953, A Fable is, as Random House proclaims, "the crowning achievement of William Faulkner's distinguished career." Partly based on the author's experience as a pilot during World War I, the plot is set in the trenches of France. The story takes place over the course of seven days and examines the internal conflicts each man must go through, a point which is emphasized by the parallels Faulkner draws between Corporal Stephan's struggles and the week-long Passion of Jesus Christ before his crucifixion. A Fable won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.