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Author and agent : Eudora Welty and Diarmuid Russell /
Michael Kreyling.
edition
1st ed. --
imprint
New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1991.
description
215, [1] p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0374107270 :
format(s)
Book
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imprint
New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1991.
isbn
0374107270 :
catalogue key
2008028
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 211-[216]).
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 1991-03-01:
The 30-year literary relationship between Welty and her agent Russell is here chronicled through use of the letters that frequently passed between the two. The letters reveal an agent who believed in the art and potential of his client and an author who unconditionally trusted the judgment, instincts, and integrity of her agent. Beyond the portrait of an admirable relationship between author and agent, this work provides insight into the publishing world, the early views and prejudices toward short stories and writers from the South, the obstacles to getting published, and the individual struggles and writing habits of Welty. An enjoyable and enlightening contribution to literary history.--Jeris Cassel, Rutgers Univ. Libs., New Brunswick, N.J.
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1991-02-15:
From his first letter to Welty in 1940 (``an agent is rather a benevolent parasite because authors as a rule make more when they have an agent than they do without one''), agent Russell of Russell and Volkening kept up a dedicated correspondence of more than 30 years' duration with the Southern writer. Drawing on these letters, Vanderbilt University English professor Kreyling chronicles the course of the unusually close and enduring relationship the two enjoyed. From his early unflagging efforts to sell Welty's stories to houses interested only in novels to his later support through a period of chaotic change in the publishing industry, Russell functioned as her literary mentor and business adviser, and was clearly instrumental in bringing the author's work to a larger audience. Although Kreyling's style is merely workmanlike, the book takes a revealing look at the often misunderstood relationship between author and agent. Photos not seen by PW. (Apr.)
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Kirkus Reviews,
Booklist, February 1991
Publishers Weekly, February 1991
Library Journal, March 1991
Reference & Research Book News, December 1991
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