Lisa Schwarzbaum
May 11, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

What There Is to Say We Have Said: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and William Maxwell

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
publisher
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
genre
Nonfiction

We gave it an A-

For over 50 years, lively correspondence flew between the great Southern writer Eudora Welty (1909?2001), forever associated with the Mississippi of The Optimist’s Daughter, and her dear friend William Maxwell (1908?2000), the great Northern writer forever associated with the Manhattan of The New Yorker. Fortified by mutual affection, the two kindred spirits confided about their families and their moods, their gardens and their health, and (most thoughtfully of all) about the hard work of writing. What There Is to Say We Have Said, a deeply rewarding collection gracefully edited by Welty’s biographer Suzanne Marrs, serves not only as an epistolary feast for literary fans but also as a confidence booster for aspiring writers everywhere. A?

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