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Eudora Welty : A Writer's Life - Ann Waldron

Eudora Welty

A Writer's Life

Paperback Published: 19th October 1999
ISBN: 9780385476485
Number Of Pages: 432

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This first biography of Eudora Welty makes a significant contribution to the world of letters as a chronicle of the life and achievements of one of our greatest living authors, a woman of paramount importance in the American literary canon. From a Mississippi childhood to a brief editorial career in New York, from the sale of her first short story to her beloved and bestselling memoir - One Writer's Beginnings, which she wrote at age seventy-five - this biography charts the details and moments that contributed to the development of Welty's unique vision and unforgettable voice. Here, too, are her literary influences, including her correspondence and meeting with the great man Faulkner, the invaluable friendships with Katherine Anne Porter and Elizabeth Bowen, the rivalry with Carson McCullers, and the small circle of lifelong confidants to whom Eudora entrusted her work: agent Diarmuid Russell, editor Mary Lou Aswell, and Robert Penn Warren. Ann Waldron brings together the details and moments of Welty's life, and shows how this writer's sensibility is formed and informed above all by a sense of place and purpose.

Industry Reviews

"A judicious account, written against the odds...[Eudora Welty] is lucky that Ann Waldron is her first biographer."
--The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"A biography of admirable and considerable detail...engaging and well researched."
--Chicago Tribune

"Waldron paints an appealing portrait of this shy, yet gifted storyteller."
--The Christian Science Monitor

"Rich in detail and anecdote, this is an elegant and worthwhile book about an amiable woman who has become one of America's greatest writers."
--The Tampa Tribune

"Fans of Eudora Welty should not miss this."
--The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City)

"A lively chronicle....Waldron draws persuasive conclusions about Welty's secrets."
--The Commercial Appeal (Memphis)

"Adds dimension and context to Welty's carefully protected image....By the end of Waldron's carefully researched treatise, Welty emerges even more of a heroine, even more beloved than she was before."
--The Miami Herald

"Truly impressive....At last, a solid foundation is in place."
--Trenton Times

"Evenhanded and respectful....A good introduction to one of our greatest living writers."
--Houston Chronicle

A Point of Viewp. 1
The Early Years
The Teenagerp. 9
Richard Wright, 1923-1925p. 15
Role Modelsp. 18
The W, 1925-1927p. 23
On, Wisconsin, 1927-1929p. 34
Columbia, 1929-1931p. 42
Home Again, 1931p. 47
Finding Her Feet
Local Literati, 1931-1935p. 55
The Journalist, 1933-1935p. 64
The WPA, 1935-1936p. 70
Photography, 1935-1937p. 73
The First Stories, 1931-1936p. 81
Getting Published, 1936-1940p. 86
More Stories, 1936-1940p. 90
Diarmuid Russell, 1940p. 99
Bread Loaf, 1940p. 102
The Natchez Trace, 1940p. 106
The Atlantic Monthly, 1940-1941p. 111
A Curtain of Green, 1941p. 115
Henry Miller, 1941p. 120
Yaddo, 1941p. 123
Publication Party, 1941p. 127
War Comes, 1941p. 132
The Robber Bridegroom, 1942p. 136
Leaving Doubleday, 1942p. 142
Trilling vs. Warren, 1943p. 146
The New York Times Book Review, 1944p. 150
How to Make a Novel, 1945p. 154
The Other Jackson Writer, 1945p. 160
Delta Wedding, 1946p. 162
Portrait Painted, 1946p. 165
Stretching Her Wings
A Literary Magazine? 1946p. 169
San Francisco, 1946-1947p. 172
San Francisco Again, 1947p. 177
The Levee Press, 1948p. 183
Musical Comedy, 1948p. 186
Film Scripts, 1948-1949p. 189
The Golden Apples, 1949p. 194
William Faulkner, 1949p. 196
Abroad, 1949-1950p. 202
England and Ireland, 1950p. 207
The Civil War Redux, 1950p. 212
Elizabeth Bowen, 1950p. 215
Bowen's Court, 1951p. 217
The Enigma, 1951p. 222
To and Fro, 1952-1953p. 226
The Ponder Heart, 1954p. 230
The First Honorary Degree, 1954p. 234
Cambridge, 1954p. 236
Reynolds Price, 1955p. 240
Uncle Daniel on Stage, 1956p. 244
The Last Years
Dark Days Begin, 1956p. 253
A Glimpse of the World, 1958-1959p. 258
Walter Dies, 1959-1961p. 261
Writing in Dark Days, 1962-1964p. 266
The College Visitor, 1960-1980p. 270
Millsaps, 1964p. 275
The Last Short Story, 1964-1966p. 278
Death and Bereavement, 1966p. 281
Grief into Fiction, 1966p. 284
Losing Battles, 1970p. 291
Another Book, More Honors, 1971p. 297
Glory, Laud, and Honor, 1972-1974p. 301
The Robber Sings, 1974-1976p. 307
The Image, 1975-1977p. 310
Still Reading, 1977p. 314
Oxford, 1979p. 318
"Mississippi Joins the World," 1980p. 321
Uncle Daniel Sings, 1982p. 324
Harvard and Stanford, 1983p. 327
One Writer's Beginnings, 1984p. 330
The Last Chapterp. 336
Acknowledgmentsp. 341
A Note on Sourcesp. 345
Notesp. 347
Photo Creditsp. 383
Indexp. 385
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ISBN: 9780385476485
ISBN-10: 0385476485
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 19th October 1999
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.3  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1