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One Writer’s Beginnings (The William E. Massey Sr. Lectures in American Studies) Paperback – July 21, 1998
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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
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In general, this is how I feel listening to Eudora Welty's voice; I've collected all of her recorded works because listening to her evokes in me an altered meditative state of bliss. But hearing her on this three-CD recording of her live reading of a memoir with contemplations on writing (Listening, Learning to See, and Finding a Voice) to an audience--well, it's beyond heavenly.
I've always had a fantasy of spending personal time with Ms. Welty. I would like to just hang out with her, listen to anything she'd say--professionally as a mentor writer, or personally. This CD set is as close as I can get to that experience. You hear her goof and apologize, you hear her warmth, and you hear her mesmerizing voice and accent.
There are a very few writers whose voice reading their own work takes it to a level of transcendent joy and meditation for the listener. This is she. This is that.
What writers need to remember is how to listen and look around. They need to stop, take time to notice things. As children we observe, read other people; but when we get older, we get lost in ourselves thinking about bills, our jobs, what's for dinner, etc.
We need to listen to sounds but also our hearts. We need to become like children. We need to open ourselves up. It is when we really care to see and listen we notice gold gems to show up in our writing. Good writing lies in details and our understanding of the world around us.
Eudora Welty felt free when she wrote, and she inspired me to do the same: to be free.
It's a wonderful read. If you're a writer, dream and pour your heart out. Search for truth in your writing. This read will inspire your creativity and reassure you with your task at hand if you're a writer.
This book is a set of 3 profound lectures she gave in 1983 at Harvard on "Listening," "Learning to See," and "Finding a Voice," which seem to be tremendously helpful for writing fiction and finding wonder in the world, past and present.
This little autobiography is a great read even for those unfamiliar with Miss Welty's work--it's that engaging. As with her fiction, she is particularly adept at providing the atmosphere in the South where she lived her life. By the time I finished reading of her childhood I felt like I had a true and realistic rendering of her family, told with the tenderness and dignity that marks all of her work.
I've always found Welty's friendship with Katherine Ann Porter to be an interesting facet of her early career, since Porter assumed the role of mentor. Miss Porter was, and is, well known for her beauty and was a 'free spirit' when it came to lovers. Regardless of her other attributes, there is no doubt that Eudora was quite ugly to look at, and certainly led a very different personal lifestyle than did Miss Porter. I hope that one day a biographer will further detail their relationship.
As an aside, I have a dual-tape recording set of Miss Welty reading some of her short stories. She had what must be one of the most pleasant and engaging reading voices I've ever heard. If the reader ever has a chance to purchase her on tape, buy it.
I've long felt that Eudora Welty took on the title of the pre-eminent American female writer of the last century following the death of Willa Cather. This little jewel of a book will delight her old fans and possibly create some new ones.
A great gift idea for anyone enjoying biographies.
Reading this book seemed as if I were sitting down for a conversation with Welty. What a treat. She truly comes alive here.
This book is certainly not for those who want a plot or action. This book does give the reader an idea of what life was like for the author growing up in the South early in the 20th century. It is quiet, thoughtful, and precious.