Hard Cover. New York: Jonathan Cape & Harrison Smith, 1931. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing. Original publisher's gray cloth-backed red paper-covered boards, spine lettered in red; original dust jacket with modern geometric designs to the front panel and spine in black, blue and white, lettered in black and white. About fine in an excellent unclipped dust jacket with very slight wear and a couple nicks to the spine ends, spine with a slight touch of toning. A near fine example, housed in a custom quarter leather box. Sanctuary is a Southern Gothic novel set in Jefferson, the seat of the fictional Yoknapatawpha County in Mississippi, based on Faulkner's childhood experiences in Oxford. His most sensational novel, it tells the story of Temple Drake, a young Mississippi woman who becomes the victim of the criminal assistant of a notorious Tennessee moonshiner. After being raped and kidnapped, Drake is smuggled to a Memphis brothel, where she becomes hardened by her harsh new environment, and several townspeople seek justice for Temple by attempting to have her assailant arrested and vindicating the moonshiner who has been falsely accused. Although readers and critics were alarmed by its dark plotline, Sanctuary's eloquent prose and compelling plotline made the novel Faulkner's first commercial breakthrough. As the dust jacket lauds, "the novel is hideously and terrifically- and therefore beautifully- great." Faulkner would later return to Temple Drake's story in his 1951 text Requiem for a Nun.