Carolyn Brown Song Of My Life: A Biography Of Margaret Walker & A Daring Life: A Biography Of Eudora Welty Maple Street Book Shop

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Carolyn Brown   Song Of My Life: A Biography Of Margaret Walker & A Daring Life: A Biography Of Eudora Welty   Maple Street Book Shop
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Carolyn Brown will sign and discuss her books, Song of My Life:A Biography of Margaret Walker ($20, University Press of Mississippi) and A Daring Life: A Biography of Eudora Welty ($20, University Press of Mississippi), at Maple Street Book Shop, Wednesday, April 8th, at 6PM.

Song of My Life: Margaret Walker (1915-1998) has been described as “the most famous person nobody knows.” This is a shocking oversight of an award-winning poet, novelist, essayist, educator, and activist as well as friend and mentor to many prominent African American writers. Song of My Life reintroduces Margaret Walker to readers by telling her story, one that many can relate to as she overcame certain obstacles related to race, gender, and poverty.

This biography opens with her family and those who inspired her—her parents, her grandmother, her most important teachers and mentors—all significant influences on her reading and writing life. Chapters trace her path over the course of the twentieth century as she travels to Chicago and becomes a member of the South Side Writers’ Group with Richard Wright. Then she is accepted into the newly created Masters of Fine Arts Program at the University of Iowa. Back in the South, she pursued and achieved her dream of becoming a writer and college educator as well as wife and mother. Walker struggled to support herself, her sister, and later her husband and children, but she overcame financial hardships, prejudice, and gender bias and achieved great success. She penned the acclaimed novel Jubilee, received numerous lifetime achievement awards, and was a beloved faculty member for three decades at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi.

A Daring Life: Mississippi author Eudora Welty—winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award and the first living writer to be published in the Library of America series—mentored many of today’s greatest fiction writers. This fascinating woman observed and wrote brilliantly throughout the majority of the twentieth century (1909-2001). Her life reflects a century of rapid change and is closely entwined with many events that mark our recent history. This biography tells Welty’s story, beginning with her parents and their important influence on her reading and writing life. The chapters that follow focus on her education and her most important teachers as well as her life during the Depression and how her new career, just getting started, was interrupted by World War II. Throughout she shows independence and courage in her writing, especially during the turbulent civil rights period of the 1950s and 1960s.
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