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Every day by the sun : a memoir of the Faulkners of Mississippi
Dean Faulkner Wells
Adult Nonfiction CT274.F377 W45 2011

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William Faulkner's youngest brother, Dean, died in a plane crash in 1935, four months before his daughter and namesake was born. The novelist, who had given his brother the plane, took it upon himself to help raise and support his niece. In this memoir, she presents a lively history of the Faulkner clan in Oxford, MS, through the unrest of the 1960s. She tells how Rowan Oak, the Faulkner estate, became a haven for her, an escape from the domestic trials of her mother and stepfather, Jimmy Meadow, an alcoholic who died on Chicago's Skid Row. As an insider, the author is able to provide an intimate view of William Faulkner as paterfamilias. While she recounts his caring relationships with his wife, Estelle, and his daughter, Jill, she does not shrink from commenting on Faulkner's legendary drinking bouts and extramarital affairs. The portrait of Faulkner that emerges is of a humane, decent, loving family man who struggled to satisfy the emotional as well as financial needs of his extended family. -VERDICT A candid and engaging book that will appeal to readers who enjoy memoirs in general, as well as those interested specifically in William Faulkner.-William Gargan, Brooklyn Coll. Lib., CUNY (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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