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1963 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Winner

The Reivers by William Faulkner


Publisher: Vintage

Length: 305 pages

About: 1905 Coming-Of-Age Adventure Story

Style: 1st Person

Where: US (Southern States)

When: 1905



Publisher’s synopsis:

The Reivers is a story of three unlikely car thieves from rural Mississippi. 11 year-old  Lucius Priest is persuaded by Boon Hogganbeck, one of his family retainers, to steal his grandfather’s car and make a trip to Memphis. The priests’ black coachman, Ned McCaslin, stows away, and the three of them are off on a heroic odyssey for  which they are ill-equipped.



"Because there are some things, some of the hard facts of life, that you don't forget, no matter how old you are. There is a ditch, a chasm; as a boy you crossed it on a footlog. You come creeping and doddering back at thirty-five or forty and the footlog is gone; you may not even remember the footlog but at least you don't step out onto that empty gravity that footlog once spanned."




In the grimmest of his books the reader can come across the most riotous pages of fun. The Reivers is all fun: (newcomers must of course undertstand it is also pure Faulkner and be prepared to surrender themselves to his voice); it is also poetry of a kind. With this warm, mellow, hilarious tale, really little more than an episode, the annals of Yoknapatawpha County are rounded off.

The Times September 20th 1962


Not so good:

A synopsis can hardly do justice to the plot. Once again, and regrettably, for the last time, Faulkner has demonstrated that he possessed to a remarkable degree the elementary art of spinning a story – though the novel is very far from being one of his best.

Times Literary Supplement 21st September 1962


About the author

Born New Albany Mississippi, September 25th 1897 died July 6th 1962. Enlisted Royal Air Force Canada, 1918. Attended University of Mississippi. Travelled in Europe 1925-26. resident of Oxford, Misssissippi. First published novel in 1926. Awarded the Nobel prize for literature in 1950. The Reivers" was published in 1962, barely a month before Faulkner's death that July.










































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2016 Pulitzer Prize Winner

It's a massive day in arts and journalism because the 100th annual Pulitzer Prize winners were just announced, and there's a big surprise. 2015's best artistic and nonfiction writing across 21 categories were recognized during a ceremony Monday afternoon at Columbia University in New York City. The first Pulitzer Prize was awarded to Hebert Bayward Swope, a reporter for The New York World, in 1916. (And if you're as big a fan of Newsies as I am, that paper should ring a bell, but try to think of it more positively.)

The major prize for book nerds, the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction went to The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Press), a legitimate surprise, if you've been paying attention to the book nerd and industry buzz. The feeling around the prize in the last few months would have you putting all your hard-earned cash down on A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara to take home the award, but that's why you should never gamble. Viet Thanh Nguyen is no less deserving, and moreover, it's his debut novel, which makes it such a wonderful win.

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