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The Reivers

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Title:The Reivers
Faulkner, William   
(11 of 17 for author by title)
Requiem for a Nun
Published:   1962
Publisher:Random House
Tags:adventure, fiction, Mississippi, Pulitzer Prize, film/TV adaptation

To reveal too much of the plot would be a discourtesy to the reader, for this is a book which moves on the wheels of breathless suspense. It may be said, however, that one day in 1905 eleven-year-old Lucius Priest—certain to become one of the most cherished striplings in literature—“borrowed” his grandfather’s automobile, with the tacit connivance of two older friends: the part-Indian Boon Hogganbeck and Ned William McCaslin, a Negro. In that nostalgic day, their ensuing expedition in the car from Jefferson, Mississippi to Memphis called for the fearless hardihood of pioneers. The account of the heroic trio’s journey is as exciting as it is hilarious—but it is just a pale prelude to the adventures that await them in Memphis.

* reive (reave): take away by stealth or force; plunder.

—Dustcover. [Suggest a different description.]

Pages:218 Info

Author Bio for Faulkner, William

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William Cuthbert Faulkner (September 25, 1897 – July 6, 1962) was an American writer and Nobel Prize laureate from Oxford, Mississippi. Faulkner wrote novels, short stories, a play, poetry, essays, and screenplays. He is primarily known for his novels and short stories set in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County, based on Lafayette County, Mississippi, where he spent most of his life.

Faulkner is one of the most celebrated writers in American literature generally and Southern literature specifically. Though his work was published as early as 1919, and largely during the 1920s and 1930s, Faulkner was relatively unknown until receiving the 1949 Nobel Prize in Literature, for which he became the only Mississippi-born Nobel laureate. Two of his works, A Fable (1954) and his last novel The Reivers (1962), won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. In 1998, the Modern Library ranked his 1929 novel The Sound and the Fury sixth on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century; also on the list were As I Lay Dying (1930) and Light in August (1932). Absalom, Absalom! (1936) is often included on similar lists.--Wikipedia.

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