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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.
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 New Yorker)
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. (Los Angeles Times Book Review)
[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 London Review of Books)
The book is so bad that I am ashamed to be a Mississippian. There was no problems with Amazon or the seller just the author.Published 1 month ago by David J.
This was a gift and the receipient love it. She is a big Eudora Welty fan.Published 8 months ago by Rita Wesley
Why many reviewers try to make this small book--three lectures--into something it's not is beyond me. Lectures are written on a higher plane than how-to, biography, memoir, etc. Read morePublished 8 months ago by P. Laster
A dandy look at the growth of an underrated, graceful and gracious Mississippi author. She was the voice of the thinking Southern lady. Read morePublished 16 months ago by W Perry Hall
Eudora Welty reveals that which in her writings was autobiographical. She quotes from her own material and reminisces; this reveals what she took almost directly from her own... Read morePublished 18 months ago by nancy pollina
I read this book over six months ago. And I had to write a paper on it. So I do remember it well since I took very detailed notes. Until this day, it stays with me. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Books & More
I feel very sorry for those for whom this book meant nothing. It as though they had some internal deafness. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Philip E. Bowles