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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012


    Author lead us through her life, from beginning to end, in a thoughtful, introspective way

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2005


    Although Eudora Welty gives an excellent insight into her beginnings as a writer, I did not truly enjoy reading this novel. Welty has an extremely superior writing ability, and is a wonderful storyteller; however, I had a hard time distinguishing whether this was an autobiography or just an assortment of stories that describes, ¿One Writer¿s Beginnings.¿ I also thought that the organization of the book was rather strange. The chapters all focus on different times in her life and do not follow in chronological order. While I did not enjoy this novel that much, I do find that Welty had some extremely inspirational advice. One quote, which I felt was incredibly moving, is the following, ¿I am a writer who came of a sheltered life. A sheltered life can be a daring life as well. For all serious daring starts from within.¿ Although some people may not see her life as ¿daring,¿ Welty argues that she has lead a courageous life. This may not be my favorite book, but I do admire Welty for her genius and ability.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2005

    It felt longer than it looked!

    In this book, the self-confident Welty presents her transition from curious child to mature author. She traces her family back to her grandparents, reliving her childhood with vivid anecdotes and in the end, relating them to her writing process. These memories of her childhood span all three lengthy chapters of the book, and even though it is obvious these colorful memories are precious to the author, it leaves the reader sometimes wondering, ¿Why is she telling me this?¿ Her writing and story telling is jumpy, although extremely well written complete with strong imagery, clever metaphors, and emotional appeal to the family unit. In the last chapter, Welty takes the time to examine her own writing and analyzes several characters and situations in her fiction writing. Although this book got boring at times, the language with which it was created is exquisite and a wonderful example of the extent to which the English language can be used.

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