Eudora Welty: A Biography
It's useful for facts facts facts, and so it will become yet another one of those bios I flip through the index to find out what I want to find out. For instance in Ms Welty's case I'll look up Ross MacDonald to find out about their "romance" or extended epistolary flirtation or whatever it was, and maybe I'll look up individual books...more
The critics left us with decidedly mixed reviews. On the one hand, they were thrilled to peek inside the life of a writer so beloved and enigmatic. Marrs, who teaches at Millsaps College in Jackson, provides a welcome book in part because it replaces Ann Waldron's unauthorized biography, Eudora (1998). Yet too often Marrs loses the forest for the trees, recording the endless specifics of Welty's social calendar but not uncovering the meaning of her friendships. Still, she provides new insight in...more
” I’ve always been tenacious in my feeling that we don’t need to know a writer’s life in order to understand his work and I have really felt very opposed to a lot of biographies...more
Eudora traveled, loved, wrote, read, taught, and was a passionate, wonderful person whom I admire. Now I need to read more of her work as I have barely scratched the surface.