Eudora Welty (1909-2001) and William Faulkner (1897-1962) were almost unquestionably Mississippi's leading literary lions during the twentieth century. Their influence on American literature is immeasurable.Read more...
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Eudora Welty (1909-2001) and William Faulkner (1897-1962) were almost unquestionably Mississippi's leading literary lions during the twentieth century. Their influence on American literature is immeasurable.
"On William Faulkner" brings together Welty's reviews, essays, lectures, and musings on Faulkner, including such gems as her reviews of "Intruder in the Dust" and "The Selected Letters of William Faulkner," as well as her comments during her presentation of the Gold Medal to Faulkner during the National Institute of Arts and Letters awards ceremony in 1962. The collection also features an excerpt from a letter she wrote to the novelist Jean Stafford, telling of meeting Faulkner and of going sailing with him. Included too are Welty's impassioned defense of Faulkner's work-published as a letter to the "New Yorker"-and the obituary of the Nobel laureate that she wrote for the Associated Press.
In addition, the book includes a cryptic postcard Faulkner wrote to Welty from Hollywood, plus six photographs, and a caricature of Faulkner drawn by Welty during the 1930s.
Commenting on the place of both writers in contemporary literature, an essay by the noted literary scholar Noel Polk puts the collection in context and offers assessment and appreciation of their achievements in American literature.
"On William Faulkner" is a valuable resource for exploring Faulkner's work and sensing Welty's critical voice. Her sharp critical eye and graceful prose make her an astute commentator on his legacy.
Eudora Welty is the author of many novels and story collections, including "The Optimist's Daughter" (Pulitzer Prize), "Losing Battles," "The Ponder Heart," "The Robber Bridegroom," "A Curtain of Green and Other Stories," as well as three collections of her photographic work (all from the University Press of Mississippi)-"Photographs," "Country Churchyards," and "One Time, One Place: Mississippi in the Depression."
William Faulkner is the author of "The Sound and the Fury," "Light in August," "Absalom, Absalom ," "Sanctuary," "As I Lay Dying," among others. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1949.
Noel Polk, a professor of English at the University of Southern Mississippi, is the author of many critical studies on Welty and Faulkner and is the co-editor of the Library of America edition of Faulkner's works.
A perfect literary pairing
For a one-of-a-kind perspective on the life of a literary legend, pick up Eudora Welty's On William Faulkner, an appealing little collection of Welty's writings on the master of Southern storytelling. The compilation includes photographs, essays, speeches and letters, providing lucid evaluations of the man as well as his work.
Welty, who hailed from Jackson, Mississippi, possessed a unique understanding of Faulkner's fiction, and it shows here in her critiques of classics like Intruder in the Dust and "The Bear." Other highlights in the volume include a spot-on caricature of the author drawn by Welty herself, and a postcard she received from Faulkner, sent from Hollywood in 1943, complimenting her own fiction ("You are doing very fine. Is there any way that I can help you?"). Although the two were never close, Welty considered herself a "Yoknapatawphanatic" and entertained a reverence for the Nobel laureate, whom she once described as "our greatest living writer." A must-have for fans of Southern literature, the book represents a rare confluence of two very different authors, both of whom called Mississippi home. Welty and Faulknerit doesn't get much better than this.