c. 1961 Eudora Welty Autograph Letter Signed on Offprint of "Henry Green: A Novelist of the Imagination"

c. 1961 Eudora Welty Autograph Letter Signed on Offprint of
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Description: Originally published in the Texas Quarterly's Autumn 1961 issue, this is a relatively rare offprint of Welty's glowing article about British author Henry Green. Eleven pages long, it maintains the original article's pagination, marked 246-256, with a single blank page at the front. Later articles about Green often reference and quote Welty's enthusiastic review of his authorial style and body of work. 

Welty wrote the following letter on the blank front page of the offprint, after staying at the Williamstown, MA home of Helen M. Allen, a former Director of Publicity at Williams College, and Helen's husband, Dr. Robert J. Allen, who taught English at Williams and chaired the department there for a time: "Thank you and your husband so much for the nice time & the warm welcome you gave me. The lovely time I had in the room upstairs resting while I read a while in Loving makes me wonder if you'd like to see this little piece I lately did on Henry Green. Since you like him too I'm sending it hoping so." She signs "Yours sincerely - Eudora Welty."

The offprint measures approximately 9.75" x 6.75" when it is closed and the letter is displayed. Item #A00896  

Eudora Welty (1909-2001) was an award-winning author from Mississippi, whose work was deeply rooted in the American South. Also a well-regarded photographer and lecturer, she wrote short stories, articles, and novels, including the 1973 Pulitzer Prize-winning The Optimist's Daughter.

Henry Green (1905-1973), born Henry Yorke, was a British novelist. Not as famous as other authors, he is nevertheless well respected; other authors (Welty, Waugh, Updike, Auden, etc.) in particular tend to hold him in high esteem, and he has been called "a writer's writer's writer." Loving, mentioned in Welty's letter as the book she enjoyed during her stay with the Allens, is his best selling work.

Condition: The offprint is lacking the wraps, but is otherwise complete. Light toning, a spot or two of light soil. Generally in very good condition, and a kind, personal note and gift to a friend.