Dean Faulkner Wells is William Faulkner’s niece; her father died flying his brother William’s in the 1930s, just months before Dean Wells was born. She was raised in large part in William’s mother’s house (where she lives, now, on South Lamar in Oxford) and in and out of Rowan Oak.
In March, she will be publishing a memoir of family history, Every Day by the Sun. There are some surprises, including new biographical information she has turned up. I just finished it (as book four in my book-a-week New Year’s resolution) and recommend it to anyone interested in Faulkner or Mississippi literature. I’ll be writing more about it as the publication date nears.