Every Day by the Sun
A Memoir of the Faulkners of MississippiBook - 2011
In Every 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 Sun explores 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.
Baker & Taylor
The niece of William Faulkner explores their close relationship while tracing the story of their family, chronicling the achievements of ancestors whose ranks included pioneers, war veterans and a Nobel Prize winner. By the author of The Ghosts of Rowan Oak.
The niece of William Faulkner explores their close relationship while tracing the story of their family, chronicling the achievements of ancestors whose ranks included pioneers, war veterans, and a Nobel Prize winner.
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William Faulkner's niece tells the story of her own life as it intersects with the sprawling narrative of her Novel-prize winning uncle "Pappy" and his family. Faulkner's unfailing lyalty to the many family members he suppported, his writing habits and friendships, his occasional cruelty (nearly always fueled by drink), and the small town idiosyncracies of Oxford, Mississippi, the home from which he never strayed far, come alive with humor and honesty.
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