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A terrifying story that scandalised Faulkner's editor into rejecting the original manuscript

Spolit, feckless Temple Drake, the daughter of a judge, runs away from school with an unsuitable man. Abandoned by him with a gang of moonshiners, Temple falls into the clutches of the psychotic Popeye, one of the most grotesque characters of Faulkner's imagination. A compelling, shocking tale of perverted justice in the Deep South, Sanctuary is also a moving plea for courage in the darkest of circumstances.


A haunting study of evil triumphant

New York Times

Not a book for the fainthearted

Sunday Times

Thick with menace, desire, compulsion and despair

Los Angeles Times

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  • Paperback


    August 1, 2011

    Vintage Classics

    240 pages

    RRP $22.99

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