Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Wonderful Wednesdays #1/Eudora Welty: A Biography
Wonderful Wednesday is a new meme hosted by Sam at Tiny Library. According to Sam, Wonderful Wednesdays spotlights and recommends some of our most loved books, even if we haven't read them recently. Each week will have a different theme or genre of book to focus on.
This week's theme is biographies.
Eudora Welty: A Biography is my first real foray into biographies, and the experience is very enjoyable. Welty is usually portrayed as a somewhat reclusive spinster by the media, but the book shows her in a different light. Suzanne Marrs was friends with Eudora Welty, and was given access to letters and works previously unseen by other Welty scholars.
I learned that she disliked Carson McCullers, the author of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter which is currently sitting in my TBR pile, and that Welty wasn't reclusive at all. In fact, she traveled all over the United States and abroad. The biography also delves further into her relationships with John Robinson and Ross Macdonald who are both writers.
Most of all, I really like Eudora Welty's letters to her friends. She has a ton of interesting ideas and advice about writing, particularly in her letters to John Robinson. There's a passage where she says that, even when writing fiction, you have to dig deep and write about the things that hurt you in order to write the truth--advice I'm definitely taking to heart.
I'm only halfway through the book, but I love it already.
What about you? Have you read any good biographies lately?