Section II: Faulkner Books - Non-Fiction and Interviews

Number Item Edition Condition Cost
2-1.a favorable blurb on the jacket of Boy by James Hanley (1932)first printing (VG minus/ VG minus minus)100.00
Carl Peterson, one of the leading Faulkner collectors, included this in his collection without comment. James Meriwether added this blurb to the second edition of Essays, Speeches and Public Letters. Far be it from me to question such knowledgeable experts. And yet, the language is not Faulknerian. Show this to 100 Faulkner scholars and I bet that 99 of them reject it and the 100th does not return the phone call. To the best of my knowledge there is no proof that Faulkner ever spoke or wrote these words. We know that Faulkner cared little about what others said of him: did he not mind that his name was falsely promoting a book? Did he intervene to suppress this? Or are these words actually his? We may never know. Even if the words are not Faulkner's the appropriation of his name in 1932 is significant.
2-2."Nobel Prize Speech"a) the Spiral Press softbound edition (1951) (the first separate publication of the speech), second printing (VG)60.00
b) Spiral Press edition, third printing (VG minus)50.00
c) limited edition numbered 8 1/2" by 11" poster of an excerpt of the Nobel Prize Speech, with the original folder. (F)85.00
d) in Saturday Review Reader, softbound edition (1951) (VG)3.00
e) The Speech is also in items 1-31, 1-33, 1-56, 2-6, 2-15, 4-37, 7-3, 7-15, and 13-14.
2-3."American Segregation and the World Crisis" in Three Views of the Segregation Decision (1956):
A pamphlet published by the Southern Regional Council with a speech that had been delivered in 1955.
a) first printing (G plus)60.00
b) second printing (ink notes inside, otherwise VG)15.00
2-4.To the Voters of Oxford (1950) One of 100 copies of the one-page "Beer Broadside", from the Palaemon Press in 1980. (F)150.00
2-5.To the Youth of Japan (1955)only printing(F)1,000.00

A 12 page booklet from the United States Information Service, with text in both Japanese and English. The first printing of this essay.

2-6.Essays, Sppeches and Public Letters (1967)a) first printing(VG/VG)30.00
b) the first English printing (VG/VG)30.00
2-7.Prefatory Note By Faulkner For His Appendix: Compson, 1699-1945 (1970) One of 25 copies (F)150.00
One sheet of paper with the "typescript of translation by Maurice Edgar Coindreau", published "as a Seasons Greeting for friends of M Coindreau and of the Pleiade Edition of Faulkner."
2-8.Selected Letters (1977):
Private correspondence not in Collected Essays, Speeches and Public Letters (item 2-6).
a) The limited true first edition, published by The Franklin Library. Bound in full leather, gilt cover decoration and page edges, and bound in cloth book mark. A very handsome volume. With A Faulkner Perspective, a 143 page softbound "companion guide" to the volume of letters. (letters volume F, the Perspective VG)75.00
b) the first trade edition, published without the companion guide (F/F)25.00
2-9.The Faulkner-Cowley File (1966):
Correspondence with Malcolm Cowley, much of it not included in Selected Letters (item 2-8).
a) first printing (F/VG)25.00
b)first paperback edition (1968) (VG)10.00
2-10.Thinking of Home: William Faulkner's Letters To His Mother and Father 1918-1925 (1992):
I believe that none of this is included in Selected Letters (item 2-8).
softbound uncorrected proof(VG)50.00
2-11.A Comprehensive Guide to the Brodsky Collection - Volume II:The Letters (1976)softbound edition (VG)15.00
2-12.William Faulkner's Letters to Malcolm Franklin (1984)limited edition (F)300.00
A year before the publication of Malcolm Franklin's Bitterweeds the Society for the Study of Traditional Culture issued this volume containing twelve letters that would appear as an appendix to the memoir. The colophon states that forty copies of the Letters were distributed; a leading book dealer at the time says that 44 copies were created, of which nine were kept by Jim Meriwether, leaving 35 for distribution. Either way, this is a very scarce item.
2-13.An unpubhlished letter in A Keepsake for the Occasion of a Lecture "William Faulkner Man Working 1897 - 1962" by Linton Massey (1968):
the letter announces the birth of his daughter and refers to the possible use of colored inks in The Sound and the Fury
original (F)75.00
2-14.Lion In the Garden (1968):
The collected interviews.
a) first printing, signed by Millgate (VG/VG)80.00
b) first printing (F/F minus)60.00
Lion is a book I thought should be reprinted - after all, if you want to know what a writer intended what better authority is there than what he said in interviews? In fact, it was reprinted, by the University of Nebraska Press, who gave it one printing and cut it loose. Leaving me thinking, once again, that this deserves to be back in print.
2-15.Faulkner at Nagano (1956)first printing (VG/F minus)150.00
b) second printing (F/VG)60.00
Interviews in and essays about Japan, plus Nobel Prize speech. All text is available in Collected Essays (item 2-6) and Lion (item 2-14) though there are photographs not readily available elsewhere. This book, published only in Japan, in English, is the correct citation for these materials.
2-16.Faulkner at West Point (1964):
Interviews at the military academy. Not in Lion (item 2-14).
first printing (F/F)20.00

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