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AN AMUSING, HONEST, AND SYMPATHETIC ACCOUNT OF LITERARY RIVALRIES AND FAMILY FEUDS IN FAULKNER’S HOMETOWN
IN FAULKNER'S SHADOW: A MEMOIR
BY LAWRENCE WELLS
You can purchase IN FAULKNER'S SHADOW below, call us at (901) 922-5526, or stop by for your copy!
ABOUT THE BOOK:
What happens when you marry into a family that includes a Nobel Prize winner who is arguably the finest American writer of the twentieth century? Lawrence Wells, author of In Faulkner's Shadow: A Memoir, fills this lively tale with stories that answer just that. In 1972, Wells married Dean Faulkner, the only niece of William Faulkner, and slowly found himself lost in the Faulkner mystique. While attempting to rebel against the overwhelming influence of his in-laws, Wells had a front-row seat to the various rivalries that sprouted between his wife and the members of her family, each of whom dealt in different ways with the challenges and expectations of carrying on a literary tradition.
Beyond the family stories, Wells recounts the blossoming of a literary renaissance in Oxford, Mississippi, after William Faulkner's death. Both the town of Oxford and the larger literary world were at a loss as to who would be Faulkner's successor. During these uncertain times, Wells and his wife established Yoknapatawpha Press and the quarterly literary journal the Faulkner Newsletter and Yoknapatawpha Review. In his dual role as publisher and author, Wells encountered and befriended Larry Brown, Barry Hannah, Willie Morris, and many other writers. He became both participant and observer to the deeds and misdeeds of a rowdy collection of talented authors living in Faulkner's shadow.
Full of personal insights, this memoir features unforgettable characters and exciting behind-the-scene moments that reveal much about modern American letters and the southern literary tradition. It is also a love story about a courtship and marriage, and an ode to Dean Faulkner Wells and her family.
“Lawrence Wells writes with admirable zeal and eloquence about his life in the shadow of the great William Faulkner. I read this with excitement—and learned a great deal. A wonderful read!”
—Jay Parini, author of One Matchless Time: A Life of William Faulkner
“It’s been my great fortune to be friends with both Larry Wells and his late wife, Dean Faulkner Wells. I’ve personally heard these wonderful stories in their kitchen and at their dining room table where William Faulkner edited Absalom, Absalom! Reading them all again here in this volume is as intimate and casual as sitting down in Larry’s kitchen with a bottle of Four Roses. Highly enjoyable and highly recommended for fans of good books, bourbon, and southern lit.”
—Ace Atkins, author of The Shameless and Robert B. Parker’s Angel Eyes
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lawrence Wells is the director of Yoknapatawpha Press in Oxford, Mississippi, which he established with his late wife Dean Faulkner Wells. Wells cofounded the quarterly literary journal The Faulkner Newsletter and Yoknapatawpha Review. Author of two historical novels, Rommel and the Rebel and Let the Band Play Dixie, Wells was awarded the 2014 Faulkner-Wisdom gold medal for narrative non-fiction at the Words and Music Festival in New Orleans. He scripted the Emmy-winning 1994 PBS regional documentary Return to the River narrated by James Earl Jones.
ABOUT CARL ROLLYSON:
Carl Rollyson, Professor Emeritus at Baruch College, The City University of New York, has published numerous biographies of literary figures such as Sylvia Plath, Susan Sontag, and Norman Mailer, as well as film icons Marilyn Monroe and Dana Andrews. His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New Criterion, and the Washington Post.
CLICK HERE to order Carl Rollyson's The Life of William Faulkner: This Alarming Paradox 1935-1962 from Novel's website, or stop by the store of call (901) 922-5526 to pick up your copy when it comes out on September 22!