December 14, 2017
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William Faulkner’s niece, Dean Faulkner Wells, dies

The Associated Press
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OXFORD, Miss. — The niece and last surviving member of Nobel-prize-winning author William Faulkner’s immediate family has died in Mississippi.

Lafayette County Coroner Rocky Kennedy confirmed Wednesday’s death from stroke complications of novelist Dean Faulkner Wells. She was 75.

Faulkner helped raise her after her father, Dean Faulkner, died in a plane crash shortly before she was born.

Wells was the last surviving member of the children of William Faulkner and his siblings.

In March, she published her autobiography, “Every Day by the Sun: A Memoir of the Faulkners of Mississippi,” her recollections of growing up in Oxford.

A graveside service will be Friday at St. Peter’s Cemetery.


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