On William Faulkner

On William Faulkner

by Eudora Welty

A memorable literary record that marks the encounter of two great American writersSee more details below


A memorable literary record that marks the encounter of two great American writers

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The New York Times
Throughout her writings on William Faulkner, Eudora Welty maintains a deferential tone, content to appreciate or navigate rather than analyze deeply, and there emerges a conception of Faulkner as godlike and ''unanalyzable.'' On William Faulkner collects Welty's various writings on Faulkner -- reviews, lectures, letters, even the obituary Welty wrote for The Associated Press and a caricature she drew of him, years before they met. — Christina Cho
Library Journal
"No man ever put more of his heart and soul into the written word than did William Faulkner," writes Welty of her fellow Mississippian in one of the pieces included in this slim volume. The book documents her amicable and respectful relationship with Faulkner, who she once said was like "living near a big mountain, something majestic." Their relationship began when Welty received an encouraging postcard from the seasoned veteran in which he confused one of Zora Neale Hurston's works with hers and offered, "You are doing very fine. Is there any way I can help you? How old are you?" Yet, in spite of their proximity and mutual admiration, they never progressed much beyond the level of acquaintances. The book includes an excerpt from a letter Welty wrote to novelist Jean Stafford on first meeting Faulkner, Welty's biting response to Edmund Wilson's condescending New Yorker review of Intruder in the Dust, and Welty's presentation speech awarding Faulkner the gold medal for lifetime achievement from the National Institute of Arts and Letters. Not an essential purchase, as much of this material may be found elsewhere, but libraries may wish to consider it as a complement to Conversations with Eudora Welty and More Conversations with Eudora Welty.-Wiliam D. Walsh, Georgia State Univ. Lib., Atlanta Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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University Press of Mississippi
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