"She shows us how close we all are to literature if we only knew it. After reading her book, we might go back and re-examine our lives and feel better about them ... There isn't a single slip or false note in One Writer's Beginings."
—New York Times
"The parts of the book that are about her family, her immediate family and going back for two or three generations, are by turns hilarious and affecting. They are a kind of present from Miss Welty to her audience."
—The New Yorker
"Filled with tender memories of her parents and grandparents, with family lore an the sights and sounds of family life, and with charming family photographs... a rare gift for us all."
"An intimate, exhilarating and often painful process of discovery—discovery of the meanings that illuminate things others might take for granted."
"[A] lovely little book ... polished as it is into a small work of art."
"An affectionate, vivid reminiscence ... She simply describes what underlies her own work, and in the process creates a fine piece of Americana."
"Profound and priceless as guidance for anyone who aspires to write serious fiction."
—Los Angeles Times
"A book of great sensitivity—as controlled and yet aspiring as a lyric poem."
"She writes always of human beings, observed with skill and love and delight ... This splendid little book will itself be remembered and used and loved."
“For pure charm and writerly sensibility, Eudora Welty’s re-issued “One Writer’s Beginnings,” (Scribner, $20 hardcover, $16 paper), with a new introduction by former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, wins hands down…laced with tenderness and with the kind of insights that will have every writer nodding in recognition,”
—Charlotte Observer, holiday roundup
"The beautiful, affecting descriptions of a world that exists now only in her memory and in her remarkable novels and short stories, give this book a warmth, a glow, a resplendence that are rarely encountered in contemporary literature. These sensitive autobiographical recollections should bring the author to the attention of an even larger, more enthusiastic audience and focus renewed attention on her earlier books."
"These are the recollections and reflections of one highly civilized American. Only to read a prefactory paragraph, set in italics as a kind of epigraph, less than 150 words evoking a tender family image, is to know oneself in the presence of first-rate writing."
—Wall Street Journal
"Crowded with exactly remembered townspeople, with objects and sounds recollected with preternatural clarity."
"Magical ... every vignette turns into its own short story ... There are a million other delights in this book."
"Allows us glimpses of her personal life, not to call attention to herself, but to show us how one writer has woven the threads of her life into the fabric of her fiction ... One Writer's Beginnings will be cherished by all who treasure enduring art."
—Dallas Morning News
"Extraordinary...will surely become a classic."
"Beguiling ... Profound and priceless."
—Los Angeles Times Book Review
"As fresh and welcome as magnolia blossoms in May."
—Christian Science Monitor