'How pleasant it is to spend an evening in this way! I declare that after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.' No one made any reply. She then yawned again, threw aside her book, and cast her eyes round the room in quest of some amusement. — from Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen (1775-1817)
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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}


2 comments:

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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