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A daring life : a biography of Eudora Welty by Carolyn J. Brown

By Carolyn J. Brown

'Mississippi writer Eudora Welty--winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the nationwide publication Award and the 1st dwelling author to be released within the Library of the United States series--mentored lots of cutting-edge maximum fiction writers. This attention-grabbing lady saw and wrote brilliantly in the course of the majority of the 20 th century (1909-2001). Her lifestyles displays a century of swift switch and is heavily entwined with many occasions that mark our fresh background. This biography tells Welty's tale, starting together with her mom and dad and their vital effect on her examining and writing existence. The chapters that keep on with concentrate on her schooling and her most crucial lecturers in addition to her existence in the course of the melancholy and the way her new profession, simply getting began, was once interrupted by means of international struggle II. all through she indicates independence and braveness in her writing, in particular in the course of the turbulent civil rights interval of the Nineteen Fifties and Sixties. After years of care-giving and the deaths of all her instant relatives, Welty continued, wrote acclaimed brief tales, and gained the Pulitzer Prize in 1973 for The Optimist's Daughter. Her reputation soared within the Eighties after she introduced the 3 William E. Massey Lectures to standing-room-only crowds at Harvard. The lectures have been later released as One Writer's Beginnings and have become a brand new York instances bestseller. This biography will introduce readers of every age to 1 of the main major writers of the previous century, a prolific writer who comprehends and transcends her Mississippi roots to create brief tales, novels, and nonfiction that would suffer for all time'-- & nbsp;Read more... existence in Jackson : Eudora's early years -- Eudora's schooling -- The 1930's : discovering her eye and her voice -- earlier than the warfare : neighbors, fellowship, and early good fortune -- global conflict II : a promising occupation interrupted -- The Nineteen Sixties : own and political unrest -- Grief and restoration : The optimist's daughter and One writer's beginnings -- the significance of friendship : Eudora's ultimate days -- Afterword Eudora Welty's residence

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E. but it was a little like first waiting on a shore and then being enveloped in a sea, not being struck violently by a wave, never a shock—and it was the same every day, a tender and firm and passionate experience that I felt in all my ignorance but with a kind of understanding. I would read every afternoon, hurry to read, it was the thing the day led to, and at night what I had read would stay as my secret heart, for I did not let anybody there really know me. What you look for in the world is not simply for what you want to know, but for more than you want to know, and more than you can know, better than you had wished for, and sometimes something draws you to a discovery and there is no other happiness quite the same.

It earned an O. Henry Award and has become a standard and much-loved story for students and teachers of literature. Perhaps, more importantly, Russell was able to broker Eudora’s first book deal: Doubleday agreed to publish a collection of her early stories, which would be entitled A Curtain of Green and include an introduction by fellow author and later close friend Katherine Anne Porter. In addition to noted poet, novelist, and literary critic Robert Penn Warren, writer Katherine Anne Porter had noticed Eudora’s stories much earlier.

Many of Eudora’s written pieces during her two years at MSCW were comic; she especially enjoyed writing parodies and spoofs. On one occasion, Eudora’s sense of fun resulted in delicious results: Egged on by friends studying late, she explained to the [Hershey Candy Company] president that she and her classmates, in a poor college in Mississippi, were often hungry. Would the company consider their request for nourishment in the form of chocolates? In a few weeks, a large case of Hershey chocolate bars arrived.

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