A Writer's Eye: Collected Book Reviews

A Writer's Eye: Collected Book Reviews

by Eudora Welty
     
 

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Although she is eminent primarily as the prize-winning author of classic works of fiction, Eudora Welty is notable also as an astute literary critic. Her essays on the art of fiction and on the writers who enlarged the range of the short story and the novel are definitive pieces. Her distinguished book reviews, along with her critical essays, augment her reputation

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Although she is eminent primarily as the prize-winning author of classic works of fiction, Eudora Welty is notable also as an astute literary critic. Her essays on the art of fiction and on the writers who enlarged the range of the short story and the novel are definitive pieces. Her distinguished book reviews, along with her critical essays, augment her reputation for being one of the most discerning author-critics in literary America. A Writer's Eye includes all of Welty's book reviews, even one published in the New York Times Book Review under the pseudonym "Michael Ravenna." Sixteen of the reviews were collected previously in Welty's The Eye of the Story (1978). In this collection Pearl Amelia McHaney's introduction records the history of Welty's career in book reviewing and illuminates the honesty and compassion with which Welty wrote reviews. Placed beside her authoritative critical essays, this volume enhances Welty's considerable literary stature and completes the image of Eudora Welty as a consummate woman of letters.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Between 1942 and 1984, Welty ( The Robber Bridegroom ; The Optimist's Daughter , among many other works) wrote 69 book reviews, 31 during the 1940s alone. Fifty-nine were published in The New York Times Book Review . They range in length from two to seven pages. All are well written and interesting--for example, her reviews of E.B. White's Charlotte's Web and Faulkner's Intruder in the Dust --but they are recommendations to readers, not literary analysis. Even the longer ones she wrote after 1957, which are more analytical, add little to our understanding of the books and authors reviewed or of Welty's fiction. One appendix gives bibliographic information for the 16 books whose reviews were collected in Welty's The Eye of the Story ( LJ 3/15/78); another gives similar information for all 74 books reviewed. Recommended for libraries with complete Welty collections.-- Judy Mimken, Saginaw Valley State Univ., Mich.
Booknews
Welty, a prize-winning author herself, wrote 67 reviews between 1942 and 1984, all of which are included here. The reviewed books include novels, short story collections, children's books, and art and photography books by authors such as Virginia Woolf, William Faulkner, Colette, S.J. Perelman and Annie Dillard. Sixteen of the reviews were collected previously in Welty's The Eye of the Story (1978). Includes a history of Welty's career as a reviewer. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780878056835
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Publication date:
04/01/1994
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.18(d)

Meet the Author

Eudora Welty, (1909-2001), was one of the twentieth-century's most critically-acclaimed authors and a master of the short story. Her literary canon encompasses works of fiction and nonfiction including essays, book reviews, and a best-selling memoir.

Pearl Amelia McHaney is associate professor of English at Georgia State University.

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