Dega's allure strong for adventurous

Updated: October 22, 2011, 1:42 AM ET
By Ed Hinton | ESPN.com

OXFORD, Miss., and TALLADEGA, Ala. -- I let William Faulkner's Missy down. I waited one Talladega race too late to bring her these mere 238 miles, this four-hour drive.

To Dean Faulkner Wells, the niece the Nobel laureate called Missy, "Talladega was one sort of last mystery to be peeled back," her husband, novelist Lawrence Wells, said last week. Around him, in their living room, the walls were lined with hundreds of books, many by writers she'd known and nurtured.

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