One Writer’s Beginnings

(Nonfiction; Harvard University Press, 1998)

Originally given as a series of lectures at Harvard University, Eudora Welty’s One Writer’s Beginnings is her reflections on a lifetime recalled close to the end of her career. Like James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Welty’s short book traces the individuation of a writer, from the first awareness of her gifts through the development of an aesthetic understanding and the use of her gifts.

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