Epitaph for a Spy For Sale
Epitaph for a Spy
Ambler, Eric
Click to view details

Faulkner, William - As I Lay Dying - ( Item 126888 )

Published in London by Folio Society. 2011. First Thus. Near Fine Hardback. Previous owner name on front free endpaper. Fine slipcase. Introduced by William Gay. Illustrated by Katherine Hardy. Three-quarter-bound in cloth with a Modigliani paper side. Printed with a design by Katherine Hardy. Set in Deepdene. In the stifling heat of a Mississippi summer, a woman lies on her deathbed. From her airless room, she can hear her son sawing planks to make her coffin. Two other sons have left to fetch timber; they know that they could miss the moment of their mother's passing but they cannot resist the chance to earn three dollars. Addie Bundren's one request is to be buried in Jefferson, 40 miles away. Her family's terrible journey there will be plagued with disasters of almost biblical proportions, including a flooded river that threatens to sweep away the coffin entirely. First published in 1930, As I Lay Dying is an unforgettable portrait of a poverty-stricken American family. The narrative is shared by 15 members of the Bundren clan, their neighbours and acquaintances: Jewel, Addie's favourite son, whose real father is the preacher Whitfield; Addie's work-shy husband Anse, who fears that if he ever sweats he will die; their daughter Dewey Dell, who has pinned her hopes on the trip to Jefferson in order to terminate a pregnancy. As each of the narrators speaks, an utterly compelling picture of their relationships, secrets, rivalries and frustrations emerges. Faulkner's style at times resembles the stream-of-consciousness of Joyce and Woolf, informed by the rhythms of Southern speech and its unanswerable truths: 'And then, life wasn't made to be easy on folks: they wouldn't ever have any reason to be good and die.' William Faulkner was born in New Albany, Mississippi, in 1897. With the publication of The Sound and the Fury in 1929 he became a dominant force in American literature, the most prominent of the group of 20th-century Southern writers that includes Flannery O'Connor, Truman Capote and Eudora Welty. Faulkner was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1949. This edition contains a new introduction by William Gay, a leading light amongst the contemporary writers of the American South.

Price 26.20                 Other items you may like                 Others by the same author

***** Please note that prices are now inclusive of 2nd class post in the UK *****

To buy this item online using any major credit or debit card or Paypal, click the appropriate delivery option below to add the item to your basket, depending on where you are in the world. Alternatively please contact us at RNewbury@ardis.co.uk for further information or to order with payment by direct bank transfer or cheque if you are in the UK.

Safe and Secure Online Buying

To buy online, please click the appropriate postage option in the item boxes above. You will be transferred to secure pages hosted by Paypal, the largest online transaction processor in the world. You can pay with any major credit or debit card or by Paypal. When ordering multiple items in the UK, you may be entitled to a postage discount. This will be refunded when your order is received. If you prefer to pay by cheque, or would like a quotation for buying multiple items, please email us at rnewbury@ardis.co.uk with the unique item numbers required.

Money Back Guarantee, Secure Packaging and Fast Response

We are a major online trader with excellent feedback from satisfied customers on Amazon and Ebay (over 25,000 customers). We will refund your costs for items returned within seven days for any reason. If we are at fault we will also refund your return postage. Items are sent in top grade book boxes for protection. Large items or multiple purchases may be boxed. Items will be despatched within a day of receipt of your order, usually on the same day if ordered before noon.

[Back to top]

Useful Links

Home Page
Contact Us


Terms and conditions
Delivery information
About Ardis Books


Returns policy
Cancellation policy


Customer services
Email Ardis Books
What our customers say