In the 1940s William Faulkner entertained his daughter Jill, his niece Dean and his step-granddaughter Vicki with ghost stories he told them at Rowan Oak, his antebellum home in Oxford, Mississippi. Dean Faulkner Wells has recounted three stories that her uncle told and shares with a new generation of young Faulkner readers what it was like to listen to stories told by the man she knew as “Pappy.” Each story has its own setting¾Halloween, a hay ride, a rainy day at Rowan Oak¾as well as a detailed description of the history of Rowan Oak and of William Faulkner as family man and storyteller who enjoyed the company of children. In his introduction Willie Morris writes, “In these tales about the lovely and doomed Judith, and the werewolf, and the baying hound, Dean Faulkner Wells has recaptured the sorcery of her uncle’s story-telling, and the mood and texture of those vanished moments when he told them.” This school edition of The Ghosts of Rowan Oak contains a Study Guide including an illustrated short biography of William Faulkner, questions for class discussion, and vocabulary lists. Introduction by Willie Morris. (For middle grade students.)
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