Daily Archives for: January 26th, 2015

An Interview with Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Excerpted from Writers and Writing by Robert van Gelder, 1946. An interview with Marjorie Kinnan Rawlingsthe author of The Yearling and Cross Creek, who discusses her way of life and methods of work. This interview was conducted on November 30, 1941:

“Writing,” said Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, “is agony. I stay at my typewriter for eight hours every day when I’m working and keep as free as possible from all distractions for the rest of the day. I aim to do six pages a day but I’m satisfied with three. Often there are only a few lines to show.” Read More→


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An Interview with Eudora Welty

Excerpted from Writers and Writing by Robert van Gelder, 1946. A short story writer of exceptional talent talks of her work – June 14, 1942: Eudora Welty said that when she was younger she was very much interested in herself and always projected herself into her stories.

“The stories were awful. I’m from Jackson, Mississippi, and never had been much of anywhere else, but the action in my stories took place in Paris. They were awful. I remember the first line in one of them: ‘Monsieur Boule deposited a delicate dagger in Mademoiselle’s left side and departed with a poised immediacy.’ Read More→


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