Every Day by the Sun
A Memoir of the Faulkners of MississippiBook - 2011
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.
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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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