From her home in inconspicuous Jackson, Mississippi, Eudora Welty has written some of the funniest and most moving stuff of [the last] century, with solid and elegant prose. . . . Eudora Welty: Writers' Reflections brings together a roster of twenty-two writers, editors, scholars, and friends to describe their first encounters with Welty's work. . . . Several credit their encounters with Welty for the realization that the southern vernacular could be legitimately literary. . . . All are unflagging in their appreciation.
The collection reminds one that which is the most important enters our lives in humble packages; each contributor alludes to the quiet and unexpected way Welty influenced them. . . . The greatness of Welty's life and work has inspired a plethora of beautiful, sharp, and cunning writings; a small portion of which has been captured in this collection.
A must-read for all Welty fans.
A box of literary truffles for the nightstand.
These heartfelt essays are especially welcome at a time when the celebration of literature seems like an endangered species.
Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer