Parsham: Depot in The Reivers (Location)

Location Key: 
Display Label: 
Railroad Depot
Type: 
OutOfYoknapatawpha
Authority : 
Speculation
X: 
1917
Y: 
700
Description: 

As Ned puts it, calling it "Possum," Parsham is "where the railroad comes up from Jefferson and crosses the Memphis one where you changes [railroad] cars" (116). The place where travelers from Yoknapatawpha change for the train to Memphis has appeared in earlier Faulkner fictions, though it has never been identified by name before, nor explicitly located in "Tennessee" as it is in this novel (215). Faulkner may have based it on Grand Junction, Tennessee, where the annual National Championship for bird dogs was held at the time of the story. Lucius describes Parsham as a "community composed of one winter-resort hotel and two stores and a cattle shute and a depot at a railroad intersection and the churches and schools and scattered farmhouses of a remote countryside" (289).

Role: 
Site of Event
Status: 
Continuous

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