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As I Lay Dying

By Faulkner, William




William Faulkner claimed to have written As I Lay Dying, his fifth novel, in just six weeks — with very little revision — while working at power plant in 1929. While this sounds impressive in and of itself, also consider the fact that this novel has 15 different narrators throughout its 59 chapters and has consistently been recognized as one of the greatest works of the American literature.

As I Lay Dying is the first book in which Faulkner introduces Yoknapatawpha County, a fictional rendition of his native Lafayette County, Mississippi, which became the setting for some of his best-known works. The author’s self-described “tour de force” follows the death of Addie Bundren and her family’s various notions regarding her burial requests and their journey to Jefferson, in the heart of the county, to fulfill them. Poverty, bad weather, injury, and pregnancy are just some of the hindrances faced along the way. Fittingly, the title of the novel comes from a line in Homer’s The Odyssey: “As I lay dying, the woman with the dog's eyes would not close my eyes as I descended into Hades.”

Along with The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying helped to secured Faulkner’s stance as a pioneer of the stream-of-consciousness technique, joining the ranks with James Joyce and Virginia Woolf. In vernacular that echoes Mark Twain, the characters of the novel are able to develop gradually through the perceptions of others. Though this requires readers to take an active part in constructing the story, it also allows for multiple, and sometimes, conflicting interpretations.

Faulkner was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1949 for his novels prior to that date, which includes As I Lay Dying. The novel has also directly influenced a number of other critically acclaimed books, including Graham Swift’s Booker prize-winning novel Last Orders and Suzan-Lori Parks’ Getting Mother’s Body, an African-American retelling of the story. As I Lay Dying is ranked 35th on Modern Library’s “100 Best” English-language novels of the 20th century and 55th on The Guardian’s list of the 100 best novels. The Grammy-nominated metalcore band As I Lay Dying derived its name from this book as well. In 2014, writer/director James Franco released a film adaptation of the novel.

First edition identification and notes

Jonathan Cape & Harrison Smith first published As I Lay Dying in New York in 1930. The first edition states “First Published 1930” on the copyright page with no additional printings listed and includes an “I” aligned incorrectly on page 11. The dust jack of the first edition states the original price of $2.50 on its front flap. True first editions have sold for upwards of $6,000 — and can go for as much as $12,000 with Faulkner’s signature.

Other collectible or notable editions

Chatto & Windus published the first UK edition of As I Lay Dying in London in 1935.


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As I Lay Dying

Faulkner, William

Jonathan Cape, 1930 First Edition, First Printing SIGNED by William Faulkner on a laid in signature. A beautiful dustjacket that is rich in color with light wear and repair. This original First Printing dustjacket has the printed price present on the front flap. The book is in excellent condition. The binding is tight, and the boards are crisp with minor wear to the edges. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a wonderful copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION SIGNED by the author. We buy Faulkner SIGNED First Editions.. Signed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine.

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Price: $12,500.00


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As I Lay Dying

Faulkner, William

Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith, 1930 A fine first edition, first issue in a near fine dust jacket. One of only 750 copies with the first issue dropped I on page 11. Jacket is unrestored. Housed in a custom-made collector's clamshell case.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine.

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Price: $7,500.00


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As I Lay Dying

Faulkner, William

New York: Jonathan Cape. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. FIRST EDITION, first issue, one of only 750 copies. "If T.S. Eliot was right in saying that American fiction took its first step forward since Henry James in The Great Gatsby, then one should be free to say that As I Lay Dying, which makes Fitzgerald's technique seem wooden and creaky, was a tremendous stride forward, making possible levels of awareness, a sense of variety, and a saturation of reality that would have delighted Henry James" (O'Connor, The Tangled Fire of William Faulkner). Petersen A7. New York: Jonathan Cape, (1930). Octavo, original cloth, original dust jacket. FIRST ISSUE, with "I" in the first line of page 11 dropped, in first state binding with lettering unbroken. (It is believed that only 750 of the 2522 copies of the first edition are in the first state). Book near-fine, dust jacket very good with toning to spine, small tape repair to verso, and chipping to spine ends.

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Price: $7,500.00


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As I Lay Dying

Faulkner, William

Jonathan Cape &Harrison Smith, 1930 First Edition, first issue with dropped I on P. 11. A magnificent dustjacket that has benefitted from professional restoration by a master conservator. The end result is a stunning dustjacket that is rich in colors with no tears or chips. The book is in nice shape. The binding is tight, and the boards are clean with some creasing to the spine. The pages are clean, with no writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a sharp clean copy of this true first edition with the original dustjacket. Includes a custom clamshell slipcase for preservation. We buy Faulkner First Editions.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine.

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Price: $7,500.00


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As I Lay Dying

Faulkner, William

Jonathan Cape, 1930 FIRST EDITION. An attractive dustjacket that has benefitted from some professional restoration. The end result is a beautiful dustjacket that is rich in colors with no chips or tears. This original first state jacket has the $2.50 present on the front. The book is in nice shape with some wear to the spine. The binding is tight, and the boards are crisp with light wear to the edges. Overall, a superb copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION in collector's condition. We buy Faulkner First Editions.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine.

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Price: $6,000.00


As I Lay Dying

Faulkner, William

Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith, 1930 A near fine first edition (First Published 1930 stated on copyright page) in a very good, restored dust jacket. Second issue book with "I" correctly aligned on page 11. Housed in both a slipcase with the dust jacket design and another custom-made collector's slipcase.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good.

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Price: $5,000.00


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As I Lay Dying

Faulkner, William

First Edition, with "First Published, 1930" printed on the copyright page with NO indication of later printings. This First Issue dustjacket has the $2.50 printed price present on the front flap of the dustjacket with minor wear to the spine. This ORIGINAL dustjacket has some wear to the edges and panels as well. The book is in great shape. The binding is tight, and boards are crisp. There is NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a lovely copy of this scarce First Edition with an acetate cover protecting the book. We buy Faulkner First Editions with the original dustjacket.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine.

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Price: $4,500.00


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As I Lay Dying

Faulkner, William

Jonathan Cape: Harrison Smith, New York, 1930 First Edition, published 1930. This First Issue dustjacket has the $2.50 printed price present on the front flap of the dustjacket. This ORIGINAL dustjacket has light wear to the spine with some discoloration to the bottom front panel. The book is in excellent shape. The binding is tight, and the boards are crisp. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a sharp copy in collector's condition with a custom acetate cover to protect the book.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine.

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Price: $4,000.00


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As I Lay Dying

Faulkner, William

New York: Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith, 1930. First Edition. Very Good+. First edition, first printing, second issue with the "I" properly aligned on page 11. Very Good+, with darkening to cloth at gutters, light partial reading crease to spine. Pages toned with an occasional small stain. In a Very Good+ dust jacket with publisher's price intact, light edge wear, and a partially removed tape ghost to the blank verso. A lovely copy.

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Price: $3,200.00


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As I Lay Dying

Faulkner, William

Jonathan Cape, 1930 First Edition. An attractive dustjacket that has some darkening and light chipping to the spine. The book is in nice shape. The binding is tight and the boards are fresh with light wear to the edges and cornes. The pages are clean, with no writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a collectable of this scarce title.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good.

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Price: $3,000.00


As I Lay Dying

Faulkner, William

New York: Jonathan Cape. Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket. 1930. First Edition. Hardcover. First edition, second state. A very nice unmarked copy with bright brown lettering to spine and front board, and brownish topstain. Ever so slight spine lean. Sharp corners. Unmarked and tight. The original jacket in mylar is not price clipped ($2.50) and is toned/chipped at spine ends, and a bit rubbed at spine edge. All of this is housed in a beautiful custom clamshell case in excellent condition. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

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Price: $2,800.00


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AS I LAY DYING

Faulkner, William

New York: Jonathan Cape: Harrison Smith (1930), 1930. 1st Edition. Cloth. Very Good +/Good. 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. (1930) 1st edition, 1st printing. Page 11 has the mis-aligned "I". "First Published, 1930" on the copyright page. An attractive, Very Good to Near Fine copy in Good dust jacket. 12mo. The dj is priced at $2.50 on the lower inside flap. The dj has closed tears along both joints of its toned spine. The head of the cloth spine has a small, 1/16" closed tear. Light dusting/soiling inside the joints. Handsome book plate. *** Faulkner's 5th novel, 3rd set in Yoknapatawpha county. As I Lay Dying is consistently ranked among the best novels of 20th-century literature.***.

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Price: $2,250.00


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As I Lay Dying

Faulkner, William

Jonathan Cape, Harrison Smith, 1930 First Edition, First Printing with the "I" incorrectly aligned on page 11. The book is in nice shape with some restoration to the spine. The book is bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's Cloth with minor wear to the spine and edges. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A lovely copy of this true first edition in collector's condition. Includes a facsimile dustjacket of the original.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Fine.

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Price: $2,000.00


As I Lay Dying

FAULKNER, William

New York: Jonathan Cape, 1930. First. hardcover. good. 8vo, mustard cloth; spine considerably tanned. New York: Jonathan Cape: Harrison Smith, (1930). First Edition. First state with the dropped "I" on page 11. Internally fine copy, with a dust wrapper (lacking spine, but with the $2.50 price) laid in.

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Price: $1,500.00


AS I LAY DYING

Faulkner, William

New York: Jonathan Cape/Harrison Smith, 1930. Nobel Prize winning author's classic story of the death of Addie Bundren, as told in first person narrative by other members of the family. Nice clean copy, tightly bound, no hinge problems, without names or other markings, two lower corners lightly bumped. First published 1930 statement on the copyright page indicating a first edition and it is the second impression with the letter "I" on p. 11 correctly aligned. The dust jacket is a new facsimile of the original jacket, an exact duplicate (color, price, wording, etc.) except for an added statement on the lower front flap "Facsimile Dust Jacket L.L.C." A less expensive alternative for the Faulkner collector to the first printing with original jacket that sells for hundreds, even thousands, more and doesn't look as nice on the shelf.. First Edition. Cloth HB. Fine/New Facsimile Jacket.

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Price: $1,400.00


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As I Lay Dying

Faulkner, William

New York: Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith, 1930. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. First edition, first printing, second issue with the "I" properly aligned on page 11. Very Good, with spine cloth a darkened, lightly creased. Light foxing to gutters. A lovely copy, lacking the dust jacket.

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Price: $950.00


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As I Lay Dying

Faulkner, William

New York: Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith, 1930. First Edition. Very Good. First edition, first printing, second issue with the "I" properly aligned on page 11. Very Good, with lean to binding, cloth lightly soiled and darkened at the spine, light wear to spine ends. A nice copy, lacking the dust jacket.

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Price: $750.00


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AS I LAY DYING

FAULKNER, William

New York: Jonathan Cape : Harrison Smith, 1930. Second issue (not second printing), with pp 11-12 a cancel leaf, correcting the alignment of the initial letter "I". Yellow cloth lettered in brown, brown top page edges, light tan endpapers, fore and bottom page edges tinted tan, as issued (not age yellowing). Variant binding with the cover lettering undamaged. Spine has a vertical ridge down the centre and light, uneven browing; else fine, tight and unworn, no owner names. In a new facsimile dust jacket. Total first printing of only 2522 copies, of which 750 were of the first issue and 1772 of the second. Peterson / Serendipity A7.2. >>> Faulkner's fifth novel, one of the highspots of 20th century American literature, a pioneer work utilizing the stream of consciousness technique. In 1998, the Modern Library ranked As I Lay Dying 35th on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. . First printing. Hardcover. Octavo.

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As I Lay Dying

FAULKNER, William

New York: Jonathan Cape, 1930. Hardcover. Good. First edition, second state, as evidenced by the I on p. 11 aligned. 254 p. 19 cm. Tan cloth hardcover with darkened spine, some spotting to cloth on front board. Slight discolouration to pp. 14-15 and 22-23. A little thumbing to half title. Faulkner's fifth novel is consistently ranked among the best novels of 20th-century literature. The title derives from Book XI of Homer's The Odyssey, in which Agamemnon speaks to Odysseus: "As I lay dying, the woman with the dog's eyes would not close my eyes as I descended into Hades." The novel's unusual features include stream of consciousness narration, multiple narrators, and varying chapter lengths.

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As I Lay Dying

Faulkner, William

New York: Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith, 1930. First edition, First printing, Second State with the "I" correctly positioned on page 11 and top edge stained brown. 8vo, 254 pp. Beige cloth with brown lettering to front and spine. Beige endpapers. "First published, 1930" on copyright page. "I" correctly positioned, top edge stained brown. Title lettering complete on front board. Moderate forward lean. Inner front hinge slightly exposed at top. Spine tanned with wear along rear joint. Reading crease to top corner of p. 159. Small bookseller's ticket to bottom corner of rear pastedown. Hard Cover. Very Good.

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Price: $350.00


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As I Lay Dying

Faulkner, William

New York: Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith, 1930. First edition, First printing, Second State with the "I" correctly positioned on page 11 and top edge stained brown. Beige cloth with brown lettering to front and spine. Beige endpapers. With forward lean and worn along the rear joint. Spine strip darkened. Covers lightly scuffed and soiled. Front cover with light circular stain. Stain to lower edge and lower corner edge of page block is lightly rubbed. A few numbers unobtrusively stamped to rear endpaper. Comes with facsimile First edition dustjacket. First Edition. Hard Cover. Good.

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Price: $250.00


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As I Lay Dying

Faulkner, William

Vintage/Ebury (a Division of Random. PAPERBACK. 0099479311 Brand new book.Buy with confidence. Money Back Guarantee.Expedite Shipping Available. International shipment available. . New.

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Price: $152.49


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As I Lay Dying

Faulkner, William

Vintage/Ebury (a Division of Random. PAPERBACK. 0099479311 Brand new book.Buy with confidence. Money Back Guarantee.Expedite Shipping Available. International shipment available. . New.

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As I Lay Dying

Faulkner, William

Norwalk, Connecticut: The Easton Press, 1998. Crisp, bright, and clean; no owners' marks or bookplate; light rubbing marks in the gilding at the foreedge and heel edge of the page block, a tiny adhesion at the right front of the cover, and tiny rubbing marks at the tips of the free corners, otherwise excellent. Bound-in silk ribbon, all page edges gilded, moire endpapers, full sienna leather with gilt titles and decoration. 267pp.. Full Leather. Very Good/No Dustjacket. Illus. by Sparks, Richard.

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As I Lay Dying (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

William Faulkner

1991-01-07. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Price: $130.17


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As I Lay Dying

William Faulkner

2006-07-03. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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As I Lay Dying

Faulkner, William

San Antonio: Novel Units, Inc.. 2001. Trade paperback. Fine. No dust jacket. Like new!. 36 p. .

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As I Lay Dying (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)

William Faulkner

2000-05-05. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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As I Lay Dying(unabridged)

William Faulkner

2016-03-05. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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As I Lay Dying

William Faulkner

2018-05-05. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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As I Lay Dying

William Faulkner

2018-05-05. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Price: $111.01


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As I Lay Dying (Norton Critical Editions)

William Faulkner

2009-07-02. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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As I Lay Dying (Movie Tie-in Edition) (Vintage International)

William Faulkner

2013-03-02. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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As I Lay Dying - V745

William Faulkner

1987-02-05. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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As I Lay Dying

William Faulkner

1991-01-01. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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As I Lay Dying: The Corrected Text

William Faulkner

1991-07-07. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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As I Lay Dying

FAULKNER, William

Norwalk: Easton, 1992. hardcover. fine. 8vo, full gilt-stamped black leather, all edges gilt. Norwalk: Easton Press, (1992). Limited Edition. Collector's Edition. Fine, in the original publisher's shrink wrap.

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Price: $100.00


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AS I LAY DYING.

Faulkner, William

London: Chatto & Windus, 1952. Book. Very good condition. Hardcover. Early edition. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. 248 pages of text. Hardcover binding with minor sunning to the spine, numerous small spots of fading to the boards, and minimal shelfwear. The endpapers are lightly foxed. The price-clipped dustjacket is slightly sunned on the spine, with two small tears and creases, and minimal shelfwear; protected in archival mylar. Very minor shelfbump to the bottom edge, affecting about 65 pages. The text is clean and unmarked. The first printing of this publication after Faulkner won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1949..

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As I Lay Dying

William Faulkner

2006-01-05. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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As I Lay Dying(unabridged)

William Faulkner

2016-03-05. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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As I Lay Dying

William Faulkner

2006-03-04. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Price: $81.38


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As I Lay Dying (Vintage International)

William Faulkner

Good. [ No Hassle 30 Day Returns ][ Ships Daily ] [ Underlining/Highlighting: NONE ] [ Writing: None ]

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As I Lay Dying (Sin and Salvation)

William Faulkner

1970-01-01. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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As I Lay Dying (The collected works of William Faulkner)

William Faulkner

Chatto & Windus, 1971-04. Hardcover. Good.

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As I Lay Dying [Facsimile Ed. First Edition Library]

William Faulkner

Facsimile reprint in First Edition Library series. Hardcover in dj in slipcase, all still shrink-wrapped.

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As I Lay Dying

William Faulkner

Random House, 1964-02-12. 4th printing. [New ed., correcte. Hardcover. Used:Good.

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As I Lay Dying

Faulkner, William

The Folio Society, 1/1/2011. Hardcover. New. Hardcovers in slip case. Fine binding and cover.. Clean, unmarked pages. Ships daily. This is an oversized or heavy book that requires additional postage for international delivery outside of Canada and the US.

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Price: $58.79


As I Lay Dying

William Faulkner

Norwalk: The Easton Press, 1992. First edition. Hardcover. Very good/No Dustjacket. 8vo. pp.267. AEG, silk marker, Silk end page, 4 raised bands, full leather

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Price: $55.00


As I Lay Dying

Faulkner, William

Shelton: First Edition Library. Hardcover. Fine/fine. Facsimile of the first edition in slipcase.

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Price: $54.00