Editor: Julia Eichelberger
Cloth: ISBN 978-1-61703-187-8; $45
Imprint: Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2013
Generally we reserve our book of the week for titles related to libraries and publishing but we couldn’t resist posting this book by a member of the College of Charleston faculty and a library supporter. In Tell about Night Flowers: Eudora Welty’s Gardening Letters, 1940-1949, literary scholar Julia Eichelberger selects and annotates previously unpublished letters by Eudora Welty. In doing so Julia “not only lets readers glimpse Welty in her garden” she also allows them to see “a brilliant and generous mind responding to the public events, people, art, and natural landscapes Welty encountered at home and on her travels during the 1940s. This book enhances our understanding of the life, landscape, and art of a major American writer…
Welty’s lyrical, witty, and poignant discussions of gardening and nature are delightful in themselves; they are also figurative expressions of Welty’s views of her writing and her friendships. Taken together with thirty-five illustrations, they form a poetic narrative of their own, chronicling artistic and psychic developments that were underway before Welty was fully conscious of them. By 1949 her art, like her friendships, had evolved in ways that she would never have predicted in 1940.”
Julia Eichelberger, Charleston, South Carolina, is a professor of English at the College of Charleston. She is the author of Prophets of Recognition: Ideology and Individual in Novels by Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison, Saul Bellow, and Eudora Welty and has published in the Eudora Welty Review, Mississippi Quarterly, and other publications
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.