'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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June 22, 2012

Only connect: Elizabeth and Eudora




Last night, I read the first few pages of The View from Downshire Hill, Elizabeth Jenkins' hard-to-find memoir {thank you, Harvard Library!}, and I was struck by an observation at the very end of the introduction.  Her nephew writes that 'There is about her an aura of iron-clad gentility, and she was once well described as being rather like her books.'  That last thing is what I was trying to say when I wrote about Eudora Welty's novel The Optimist's Daughter, in a post that I'll post tomorrow.  The first thing is, I think, true of both women too.

3 comments:

alexinleeds.com said...

'Iron clad gentility'? Ooh, I like that as a description. I have my first Welty book to read somewhere in the TBR but someone described her work as 'prim' which has made it languish at the bottom of the pile.

Nan said...

I think I love Eudora the person more than her work. Odd, isn't it.

I see you are reading Greenery Street. I so loved that book.

Jennifer Dee said...

Yes I agree with Nan. There is something about Eudora Welty and her life that really fasinates me.

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