Suzanne Marrs

Teoksen Eudora Welty: A Biography tekijä

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Suzanne Marrs is professor of English at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, and has served as Welty Scholar at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

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This is on my bedside table, and I dip in and out depending on my mood. Lovely writing -- I mean, Eudora Welty and William Maxwell, come on. Lots of writing about writing, the weather, growing roses. Not very gripping, but I like it a lot.
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lisapeet | 1 muu arvostelu | May 8, 2013 |
This is one of those wonderful books that will increase your “simply have to read” list exponentially. Eudora Welty and William Maxwell wrote to each other about the stories, articles and books they had written and read, causing my copy of this collection of their correspondence to be marked up with arrows, pointing to the books and old magazine pieces I want to find and read for myself. Both were writers, but Bill Maxwell was also Eudora Welty’s editor at the New Yorker, and the letters they wrote during the editing of her stories are a fascinating glimpse into that polishing aspect of the creative process. Maxwell was gentle and supportive, making suggestions but always allowing Welty to have the final say.

They were such close friends that they appeared in each other’s dreams. They used a lot of typewriter ribbon comparing notes on garden flowers, especially roses, and they wrote graceful prose descriptions of their lives and their impressions of some of the memorable events of the time, including presidential elections from Eisenhower to Clinton, the civil rights era of the 60’s, the Comet Kohoutek, the Mt. Saint Helens eruption, and the happenings in the literary world. The end notes are a treasure, with lots of interesting additional information. As I read I used two bookmarks so I could easily reference them. With letters written between 1942 and 1996, this book should be a delight to anyone interested in the literature of that not so long ago era.
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Jaylia3 | 1 muu arvostelu | May 9, 2011 |
Since the age of fourteen when I picked up a copy of Eudora Welty's A CURTAIN OF GREEN, I've been a huge fan of her writing. Growing up in South Mississippi, I would have had to be oblivious to not know of Eudora Welty (and it didn't hurt being a PBS nerd). Between high school and college, how many times can one student read "A Worn Path"? I'm not sure. I lost count my junior year of college. Phoenix Jackson definitely does rise from the literary ashes every semester or so.

However, I never knew WHO Eudora Welty was beyond her literature. I had an idea of a homebody spinster aunt, but thanks to this gem of a biography, I now know that everything I presumed of Miss Welty was completely wrong.

She travelled extensively on tours throughout the United States and Europe. She was mentored by Katherine Ann Porter. She had a romantic relationship with a man for over ten years, and she had a "courtly love" relationship with the Canadian writer, Ross MacDonald, who dedicated one of his books to her.

You find out that Eudora Welty was more than a writer and photographer. She becomes a human being who lived a complete and fulfilling life with or without her mighty pen. She is one of the most intelligent, insightful women I've ever had the pleasure of reading about, and I'm proud to say that she comes from my home state. This is a beautiful and thoughtful biography by a woman that knew Eudora Welty personally.
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quillmenow | 1 muu arvostelu | Nov 11, 2007 |
purchased in Bend, Oregon 2005
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