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Novel by Faulkner, published in 1962 and awarded a Pulitzer Prize.

Told to his grandson as “A Reminiscence,” Lucius Priest's monologue recalls his adventures in 1905 as an 11-year-old, when he, the gigantic but childish part-Indian Boon Hogganbeck, and a black family servant, Ned William McCaslin, become reivers (stealthy plunderers) of the automobile of his grand father, the senior banker of Jefferson, Miss. Driving 80 miles to Memphis, they stay at Miss Reba's brothel, where Boon falls in love with one of the girls, Everbe Corinthia, whom he later weds, while Ned, believing the grandfather would prefer a racehorse, trades the car for a poor mount. After various machinations the horse is successfully jockeyed by Lucius in a race that wins back the car and delights his grandfather, only to lead to another race in which both horse and a $500 bet of the grandfather are lost, although the grandfather counts the experience worthwhile.

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William Faulkner (1897—1962) American novelist