Eudora Welty by Suzanne Marrs
A Biography

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Eudora Welty's works are treasures of American literature. When her first short-story collection was published in 1941, it heralded the arrival of a genuinely original writer who over the decades wrote hugely popular novels, novellas, essays, and a memoir, One Writer's Beginnings, that became a national bestseller. By the end of her life, Welty (who died in 2001) had been given nearly every literary award there was and was all but shrouded in admiration.

In this definitive and authoritative account, Suzanne Marrs restores Welty's story to human proportions, tracing Welty's life from her roots in Jackson, Mississippi, to her rise to international stature. Making generous use of Welty's correspondence-particularly with contemporaries and admirers, including Katherine Anne Porter, E. M. Forster, and Elizabeth Bowen-Marrs has provided a fitting and fascinating tribute to one of the finest writers of the twentieth century.
 

About Suzanne Marrs

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SUZANNE MARRS is the author of Eudora Welty: A Biography and One Writer's Imagination: The Fiction of Eudora Welty ; the editor of What There Is to Say We Have Said: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and William Maxwell ; and a recipient of the Phoenix Award for Distinguished Welty Scholarship. She is a professor of English at Millsaps College.
 
Published February 10, 2015 by Mariner Books. 672 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Marrs tenderly asserts that Welty enjoyed an independent life characterized by “the presence of melancholy intertwined with joy.” However, her reluctance to make autobiographical suppositions about her subject’s work leaves this volume faintly dry and ethereal.

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[Signature] Reviewed by Dorothy Allison I was seduced by Eudora Welty. I had ev

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Here we have the necessary counterpoint: not Eudora the pitiful old maid nor Eudora the homely, the victim of her domineering mother, but the real deal: Eudora the writer who loved fiercely but never married, falling in love first with a man who, though he loved her, would always love men more, a...

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In addition to these romances, Marrs discusses Welty's.

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Christian Science Monitor

Suzanne Marrs, a friend of Welty’s and a sympathetic Welty biographer, tells readers that she has excluded “a very few lines” from eight of Maxwell’s letters and deleted names of people mentioned in eight other Maxwell letters “at the reasonable request of the Maxwell estate,” but that represents...

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Salinger (Maxwell calls him “Jerry” in a letter to Welty complimenting her on a New York Times review she wrote of a Salinger short-story collection).

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By jessicaMon, 10/15/2007 - 20:13.

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Project MUSE

The authors illustrate the Welty garden's history—and the broader story of how American gardens evolved in the early twentieth century—with images from contemporary garden literature, seed catalogues, and advertisements, as well as photographs of the Welty garden.

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On February 24, 2012, we hosted our annual Welty Teacher Continuing Education Unit (CEU) program at the Welty House Education and Visitors Center.

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