Every Day by the Sun: A Memoir of the Faulkners of Mississippi

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Broadway Books, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 271 pages
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InEvery Day by the Sun,Dean Faulkner Wells recounts the story of the Faulkners of Mississippi, whose legacy includes pioneers, noble and ignoble war veterans, three never-convicted mur­derers, the builder of the first railroad in north Mississippi, the founding president of a bank, an FBI agent, four pilots (all brothers), and a Nobel Prize winner, arguably the most important Ameri­can novelist of the twentieth century. She also reveals wonderfully entertaining and intimate stories and anecdotes about her family—in particular her uncle William, or “Pappy,” with whom she shared color­ful, sometimes utterly frank, sometimes whimsical, conversations and experiences.
 
            This deeply felt memoir explores the close re­lationship between Dean’s uncle and her father, Dean Swift Faulkner, a barnstormer killed at age twenty-eight during an air show four months be­fore she was born. It was William who gave his youngest brother an airplane, and after Dean’s tragic death, William helped to raise his niece. He paid for her education, gave her away when she was married, and maintained a unique relationship with her throughout his life.
           
            From the 1920s to the early civil rights era, from Faulkner’s winning of the Nobel Prize in Literature to his death in 1962,Every Day by the Sunexplores the changing culture and society of Oxford, Mis­sissippi, while offering a rare glimpse of a notori­ously private family and an indelible portrait of a national treasure.
 


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Review: Every Day by the Sun: A Memoir of the Faulkners of Mississippi

User Review  - Carol - Goodreads

Great read! Made me want to re-read all William Faulkner books again! Read full review

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User Review  - Marie Castellano - Goodreads

As others have said, this is a story about the Faulkner family as told my William's niece. His niece was orphaned early on, so was raised by William Faulkner. It is an interesting tale but bogs down sometimes with unnecessary detail. This can (and does) occasionally overwhelm the reader. Read full review

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Contents

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SECOND COMING
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THE Woxiam PAPPY Lover 185
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ANCI STRS
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MY FAT11ERs WORLD
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Two BROTHERS
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JILL I31 11 1110 1110 AND 1c11
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MY LAST YEAR AT Home 27
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NOBEL P111212 159
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About the author (2012)

DEAN FAULKNER WELLS is the niece of William Faulkner and the daughter of Dean Swift Faulkner and Louise Hale. She is the author of, among other works, The Ghosts of Rowan Oak: William Faulkner's Ghost Stories for Children and is the editor of The New Great American Writers Cook­book and The Best of Bad Faulkner. She lives with her husband, Larry Wells, in Oxford, Mississippi, where they run Yoknapatawpha Press, a regional publishing house that focuses on southern writers.


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