A writer's eye: collected book reviews by Eudora Welty, Pearl Amelia McHaney

By Eudora Welty, Pearl Amelia McHaney

Even if she is eminent essentially because the prize-winning writer of vintage works of fiction, Eudora Welty is awesome additionally as an astute literary critic. Her essays at the artwork of fiction and at the writers who enlarged the variety of the quick tale and the unconventional are definitive items. Her wonderful e-book reports, with her serious essays, increase her recognition for being essentially the most discerning author-critics in literary the United States. This choice of her booklet studies manifests the connecting of her penetrating eye together with her responsive mind in forming sympathetic judgments of the books she reviewed. among 1942 and 1984 Welty wrote sixty-seven studies of seventy-four books. Fifty-eight of those seemed within the long island occasions publication overview , and others within the Saturday evaluate of Literature, day after today, theHudson overview, the recent York publish, and the Sewanee evaluate. The reviewed books contain novels, brief tale collections, books of essays, biographies and memoirs, books of letters, kid's books, books of ghost tales, images books, books of literary feedback, and books of worldwide struggle II artwork. Over approximately part a century she reviewed books through many of the optimum authors of her time: Virginia Woolf, William Faulkner, V.S. Pritchett, Colette, Isak Dinesen, E.B. White, E.M. Forster, J.D. Salinger, Ross Macdonald, Patrick White, S.J. Perelman, Annie DIllard, Elizabeth Bowen, and Katherine Anne Porter. A Writer's Eye contains all of Welty's publication reports, even one released within the

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B. White (1977), written after The Eye of the Story was published, complement her praise and recommendation of Bowen and White. In addition to reviewing Isak Dinesen's Last Tales, which she included in The Eye of the Story, Welty also reviewed two critical analyses of Dinesen's writing. It is interesting to read her assessment of other critics: Each book was moderately successful, she said, but neither showed well-enough that its author had been "stirred, delighted, touched, bored, maddened, even baffled" by Dinesen's genius.

White/1977 219 Selected Stories V. S. Pritchett/1978 225 The Collected Stories of Elizabeth Bowen Elizabeth Bowen/1981 231 The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature Humphrey Carpenter and Mari Prichard, Editors/1984 237 Appendix A: Books Reviewed by Eudora Welty, Alphabetical by Author 245 Appendix B: Book Reviews Included in The Eye of the Story: Selected Essays and Reviews 249 Notes 251 Index 269 Page xi Acknowledgments I wish to thank Eudora Welty for the opportunity to prepare this edition.

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