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by Eudora Welty

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Title:One Writer's Beginnings (The William E. Massey Sr. Lectures in the History of American Civilization)
Authors:Eudora Welty
Info:Harvard University Press (1998), Paperback, 104 pages
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Tags:non fiction, biography, 20th century, women authors, America

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One Writer's Beginnings by Eudora Welty



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Sweet little gem of a book... ( )
  Gingermama | Jan 24, 2016 |
Starts out wonderfully, but ebbs as she goes—the language becoming more clunky toward the end. One Writer's Beginnings is an autobiographical look at how Welty became the author she is. ( )
  memlhd | Jan 23, 2016 |
Starts out wonderfully, but ebbs as she goes—the language becoming more clunky toward the end. One Writer's Beginnings is an autobiographical look at how Welty became the author she is. ( )
  memlhd | Jan 23, 2016 |
I found this interesting from a historical perspective, though it offered little as an instructional book on writing. It is a gentle look backward in time. ( )
  penelopemarzec | Jan 19, 2016 |
Begun as a series of three lectures delivered at Harvard in 1983, Eudora Welty’s One Writer’s Beginnings traces the confluence of events and history, persons and places, that at that late point looking back upon her writing career she takes to constitute her vision or her voice. While much of any writer’s beginnings will inevitably concern their particular childhood — teachers, key events, distant relatives to whom one learns relation — Welty’s lens plays as much upon her parents as upon herself. And so we learn of her father’s move from Ohio to West Virginia, where he met Eudora’s mother. And we learn how the two young newlyweds made a conscious decision to set out for pastures new, settling in Jackson, Mississippi, where later Eudora is born and raised and where her parents remain the rest of the lives, barring holiday excursions usually to family back in West Virginia or Ohio.

Welty has an assured and comfortable gait as she wanders amongst these paths of memory. Without appearing to fixate on telling individuals or activities, she gently associates some of her early experiences with characters in her later stories or novels. More important, perhaps, is the insight she draws from such associations, as though through telling her personal past she is reading her own fiction. The effect is one of clear and penetrating analysis without rancour.

The writing is always a pleasure to read and, though brief, it would be hard not to feel at the end as though one had learned a great deal about Welty, as a writer, through this canvassing of some of her important memories. Gently recommended along with a reminder to go back and read Welty’s fiction — all of it. ( )
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To the memory of my parents / Christian Webb Welty / 1879-1931 / Chestina Andrews Welty / 1883-1966
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In our house on North Congress Street in Jackson, Mississippi, where I was born, the oldest of three children, in 1909, we grew up to the striking of clocks.
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Among the most beloved of American writers, Eudora Welty's stories and novels have entertained us for over half a century. Here, in her memoirs, she writes with her usual candor and grace about how a writer's sensibilities are shaped. As compelling as her stories, as witty as her personality, as finely honed as her fiction, Welty's account of her life is a powerful and fulfilling read.

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The autobiography of the fiction writer whose honors include the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award for fiction.

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