One Writer's Beginnings

One Writer's Beginnings

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by Eudora Welty
     
 

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Eudora Welty, whose many honors include the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award for fiction, tells the story of her early life and offers guidance for those who aspire to write fiction. Now available as an audio CD, in Welty's own voice, or as a book.See more details below

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Eudora Welty, whose many honors include the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award for fiction, tells the story of her early life and offers guidance for those who aspire to write fiction. Now available as an audio CD, in Welty's own voice, or as a book.

Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times Book Review
Beguiling as autobiography and...profound and priceless as guidance for anyone who aspires to write serious fiction...It may, at that, not be possible to convey to someone else that mysterious transfiguring gift by which dream, memory and experience become art. Yet, in these few pages, Eudora Welty seems to have followed the trail...to the richness of her maturity with a gracious and warming clarity.
New Yorker - William Maxwell
In these lectures, thoughtful attention is given to a great many experiences...It is all wonderful...The parts of the book that are about her family...are by turns hilarious and affecting. They are a kind of present...from Miss Welty to her audience.
London Review of Books - Daniel Aaron
[Eudora Welty] is to be looked for, not in blatant self-advertising confidences, hints and nudges, but in the metaphorical clues she drops, which are the exposures of a disciplined sensibility. From them we can deduce a history of a life. One might say her writing, spun out like the web of a 'noiseless patient spider,' is not about but of herself. At bottom, the beauty and astonishment of her fiction, as Emerson might say, is 'all design.' For it is by design, by her calculated disclosures, that this storyteller makes herself and her writing powerful and free.
Booknews
**** A reprint of the Harvard University Press edition (1984), a William E. Massey, Sr. lecture in the history of American civilization (1983); and recommended by BCL3. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
London Review of Books

[Eudora Welty] is to be looked for, not in blatant self-advertising confidences, hints and nudges, but in the metaphorical clues she drops, which are the exposures of a disciplined sensibility. From them we can deduce a history of a life. One might say her writing, spun out like the web of a 'noiseless patient spider,' is not about but of herself. At bottom, the beauty and astonishment of her fiction, as Emerson might say, is 'all design.' For it is by design, by her calculated disclosures, that this storyteller makes herself and her writing powerful and free.
— Daniel Aaron

New Yorker

In these lectures, thoughtful attention is given to a great many experiences...It is all wonderful...The parts of the book that are about her family...are by turns hilarious and affecting. They are a kind of present...from Miss Welty to her audience.
— William Maxwell

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674639270
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
07/28/1998
Series:
The William E. Massey Sr. Lectures in the History of American Civilization Series, #1984
Edition description:
1st Harvard University Press Paperback
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
128,263
Product dimensions:
8.82(w) x 5.68(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Eudora Welty's many honors include the Pulitzer Prize; the American Book Award for fiction; and the Gold Medal for the Novel, given by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters for her entire work in fiction.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
April 13, 1909
Date of Death:
July 23, 2001
Place of Birth:
Jackson, Mississippi
Place of Death:
Jackson, Mississippi
Education:
University of Wisconsin

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