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Welty, Eudora. ONE WRITER'S BEGINNINGS. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1984. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 105 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's autobiography. One of the greatest books of the 20th century. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Originally published as part of the legendary William E. Massey, Sr. Lectures In The History of American Civilization, in a very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original by a University Press. It became a surprise national bestseller and is one of Eudora Welty's most beloved books. The First Edition is very beautifully produced with two-toned khaki and cream cloth boards, gilt titles embossed on cover and spine, vintage photographic reproductions, pristine-white archival stock paper, and an austerely elegant DJ design by Marianne Perlak. Presents Eudora Welty's story of how she became a writer. One is tempted to say how she became a great writer, but the humility of the title that sets the tone and substance of her account compels one to resist the temptation. The story of a seemingly ordinary, self-effacing, and painfully shy Southern woman who becomes a Living Legend (Welty was also a great photographer, the only American writer so enviably blessed) ensured that these "university lectures" would become an instant classic. "Eudora Welty's earliest box camera suspended a moment forever and taught her that every feeling awaits a gesture. She has recreated a vanished world with the same subtlety and insight that mark her fiction" (Publisher's blurb). "The strands are all here. To the memory, nothing is ever really lost" (Eudora Welty). A "must-have" title for Eudora Welty collectors. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a very long time even though it went into multiple subsequent printings and is now highly collectible. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, the most beautiful copy we have ever seen. Most copies available online are subsequent printings and have serious flaws because they have been read over and over again. The Limited Edition commands as much as $750. This is an accessible alternative of a beloved classic. A rare copy thus. 16 vintage-photograph plates. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1973 for "The Optimist's Daughter". Recipient of The Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1980 and The French Legion of Honor in 1996 for her body of work. Eudora Welty's Jackson, Mississippi home was declared a National Historic Landmark in 2001, one of very few writers so honored by the United States Government. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER EUDORA WELTY TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0674639251. $200.00

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