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Eudora: A Writer's Life

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Eudora Welty is a beloved institution of Southern fiction and American literature, whose closely guarded privacy has prevented a full-scale study of her life and work--until now.

A significant contribution to the world of letters, Ann Waldron's biography chronicles the history and achievements of one of our greatest living authors, from a Mississippi childhood to the sale o
Paperback, 432 pages
Published October 19th 1999 by Anchor (first published November 10th 1998)
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Jan 10, 2016 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who love writers, photographers
In my opinion, Eudora Welty was a wonderful writer. Born on 1909, in Jackson, Mississippi, daughter of Christian Webb Welty and Chestina Andrews Welty, Eudora Welty grew up in a close-knit and loving family. From her father she inherited a “love for all instruments that instruct and fascinate,” from her mother a passion for reading and for language. She and her brothers, she shared bonds of devotion, camaraderie, and humor. Nourished by such a supportive background, Welty became the most disting ...more
Sep 29, 2011 Vasha7 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This biography of Eudora Welty is unauthorized—but not because the author wanted to say anything negative about her subject. No, indeed, Ann Waldron writes with a nearly fawning reverence. But Welty was immovably opposed to all biographies whatsoever, and furthermore told all her friends and acquaintances not to talk about her. Welty hid herself behind politeness and gentility, and it seems that these traits only grew stronger as she aged. The woman who dismissed feminism as "noisiness", and who ...more
Feb 14, 2015 Ariel rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2015
Ann Waldron has become my idea of a paparazzo of the biographical set. The information set forth was in depth, redundantly so. Her personal commentary throughout was mostly a chore to read through as it mainly centered on her immaturely pricked pride that Welty didn't want her to write this biography or to give her any personal information to help in the writing of it.

Annoyance at the biographer aside, Welty's life and work is quite fascinating; which is the only reason this book received two s
Dec 27, 2008 Libby rated it really liked it
I was skeptical at first about reading this because the author did not have the cooperation of Eudora Welty or any of her associates. But I love Eudora Welty and wanted to learn more about her. Although it is written from other written sources rather than interviews, I learned a lot and have thought about it often. Some of the inspirations and background for her short stories and novels is highlighted which makes me want to go back and re-read some of Welty's works.
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Ann Waldron was born in Birmingham, Alabama and grew up on Cotton Avenue in West End. She went to Hemphill Grammar School and West End High School. She and her parents and older sister lived three blocks from the Vine Street Presbyterian Church, which they attended twice every Sunday and on Wednesday nights for prayer meeting. They spent summers on an 80-acre farm her parents owned in St. Clair Co ...more
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