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RARE/Antique -- Original Copy of the 1932 William Faulkner Issue of Contempo

RARE/Antique -- Original Copy of the 1932 William Faulkner Issue of Contempo

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"Contempo: a Reviw of Books and Personalities" was a literary journal published by two UNC Chapel Hill students, Milton Abernathy and Anthony Buttitta, while they studied for their bachelor's degrees, between 1931 and 1934. They were evidently skilled at selling their periodical to potential contibutors, though they were not able to pay for publications. Luminaries such as W.C. Williams, Upton Sinclair, Sinclair Lewis and John Dos Passos all had pieces published in the journal. 

This special issue was dedicated entirely to the work of William Faulkner, who was near the peak of his creative powers, and only 17 years away from winning the Nobel Prize. Apparently he spent 3 days in Chapel Hill during October of 1931, during which time he remained completely drunk, a drunkenness during which he agreed to contribute to this student run journal. The works printed here include the poems "I Will Not Weep for Youth," "Knew I Love Once," "Twilight," "Visions in Spring," "Spring," "April," To a Virgin," and "My Epitaph"; and the short story, "Once Aboard the Lugger."  

TW: Faulkner's short story contains racist language


Pre-owned but very well preserved. Slight wear around the corners. Paper has yellowed slightly, but evenly. There is a slight horizontal fold forming near the middle of the folio, but it has not creased. 


1000 copies

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