THE WILLIAM E. MASSEY SR. LECTURES IN AMERICAN STUDIES
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The William E. Massey Sr. Lectures in American Studies 1984

One Writer’s Beginnings

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, The New Yorker

[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

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.The Los Angeles Times Book Review

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Awards & Accolades

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Finalist, 1984 National Book Award, Nonfiction Category, National Book Foundation
  • Eudora Welty Is a 1986 National Medal of Arts Winner
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