The act of reading ... begins on a flat surface, counter or page, and then gets stirred and chopped and blended until what we make, in the end, is a dish, or story, all our own.
— Adam Gopnik

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February 10, 2011

The page I'm reading now...

{page 39} 'Forgive the impertinence of even the praise. It seems, already, an offensive attempt at precarious intimacy with austerity and greatness. But I probably have quite a long life ahead of me, and that fact that you will be writing other books which, like To The Lighthouse, will stun me speechless is only to heavenly to contemplate.'
-- from a letter to Virginia Woolf, quoted in Eudora Welty:  a biography,
by Suzanne Marrs

Needing a good biography to balance all the silliness I'm reading, I had planned to start Jenny Uglow's Elizabeth Gaskell:  A Habit of Stories, but the chance to read an advance copy of a new book of Eudora Welty's letters has made me want to know more about her before I do. I'm smitten, so far.
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{photo of EW found here, of all unexpected places}


Nan said...

Oh, isn't this achingly wonderful. I must get this biography.

Jennifer Dee said...

I love everything to do with Eudora Welty. I like the photos that you have posted a couple of them I have not seen before. Have you visited her web site where you can look through the rooms of the house, where she lived all of her life?
I have not read this book yet but it's certainly going to be on my wish list.
Thank you for this posting.

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