Monday, May 30, 2011

Every Day by the Sun by Dean Faulkner Wells

Dean Faulkner Wells' Every Day by the Sun is for serious William Faulkner fans.  The author, Faulkner's niece and de facto stepdaughter after her father's death in a plane crash, weaves insights of the great author into the tale of her own life and family.

She tempers without reducing his greatness by mixing tales of his deep sense of privacy and love of family with his bouts of binge drinking and fondness for women other than his wife.

One interesting anecdote involved Faulkner's love for Charlie Chaplin's films.  It's somewhat ironic that a master of the written word would enjoy silent films most of all.

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