Drawing, Design for Book Cover, "Intruder in the Dust"
This is a Drawing. It was written by William Faulkner and designed by E. McKnight Kauffer and published by Random House. It is dated July 6, 1948 and we acquired it in 1963. Its medium is brush and gouache, graphite, and chalk. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.
Intruder in the Dust tells a chilling account of an African American farmer, Lucas, who is wrongfully accused of murdering a white man. Lucas is in danger of being lynched by a mob before he is proved innocent with the help of the narrator, a white teenager. Kauffer designed two covers that featured Lucas, but Random House chose to publish an illustration of an empty churchyard cemetery that holds the exonerating evidence.
This object was
Mrs. Edward McKnight Kauffer.
It is credited
Gift of Mrs. E. McKnight Kauffer.
Its dimensions are
31.4 × 27.9 cm (12 3/8 × 11 in.)
It is signed
Signed in red color pencil, lower right: Rough by E. McKnight Kauffer / 7/6/48.
It is inscribed
Inscribed in brush and black, white, and gray wash, upper center: INTRUDER IN THE DUST / William Faulkner
Cite this object as
Drawing, Design for Book Cover, "Intruder in the Dust"; Designed by Edward McKnight Kauffer (American, active England, 1890–1954); USA; brush and gouache, graphite, and chalk; 31.4 × 27.9 cm (12 3/8 × 11 in.); Gift of Mrs. E. McKnight Kauffer; 1963-39-1211
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Underground Modernist: E. McKnight Kauffer.