Eugenia Price Inside One Author's Heart

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Inside One Author's Heart

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"In these pages I have simply tried to share myself.  To give you, whose affection and loyalty and prayers have sustained me, a deeply personal idea of what this writer's life is like. I have also attempted to respond to a few of the questions you've asked most often.  Some may think the effort too sentimental, even arrogant, on my part.  So be it. For me, the writing has been a tough exercise in humility--at least as I understand its meaning.  No one could deserve the kind of devotion you continue to give me, but you do go on giving it.  This little book is between us.  It is for you who read, from the heart of this author who writes--not always superbly, by any means, but always up to the very best she can do."--Eugenia Price

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May 4, 1991, was ``Eugenia Price Day'' on Georgia's St. Simons Island--a 75th birthday and general ``I-Love-You-E.P.'' celebration organized by the writer's friends and publishing company. The occasion so moved this author of 37 books (among them inspirational titles and historical series like the Savannah Quartet) that she paused while working on her follow-up to Bright Captivity (1991) to write this little thank-you note to all the people who made her what she is today--a very successful writer indeed, with hundreds of thousands of fans whom she thanks right along with Doubleday president Stephen Rubin and her agent, editor, sales reps, typist, and yardworker. Along the way, Price reveals some fascinating personal facts- -that she and her longtime companion, Joyce Blackburn, bought burial plots on St. Simons before they bought their house; that Price named her Buick LeSabre after the protagonist of the Savannah Quartet; and that she includes God (``Him'') while making publishing decisions with her agent. To Price aficionados, it will make sense that, as a reader, the author prefers biographies to fiction (since her own novels favor character over plot), though it may prove disappointing to hear how Price delegates research tasks. But, mostly, fans will hold this valentine to their bosoms, even though Price warns that establishment critics will find it ``schmaltzy, dripping with sentiment.'' Well, yes--not to mention a little too ingenuously good-willed. But there's a broader lesson here: Price has spent three decades listening to her own creative voice, never trying to be all things to all people--and so she has endured. (Twenty b&w photographs--not seen.) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

From Publishers Weekly:

Last spring, when "Eugenia Price Day" drew crowds to St. Simons Island, Ga., to honor the bestselling author in her 75th year, Price was prompted to write this response to questions about her life and career. Here she describes how she and her longtime companion, Joyce Blackburne, left Chicago in 1960 and settled on St. Simons, where Price wrote the novels that followed her inspirational nonfiction ( What is God Like? ). A devout Christian, she believes Providence led her to the source of her popular trilogies--St. Simons Trilogy, Georgia Trilogy--based on historical figures. Much of this journal, however, deals with such minutae as meeting deadlines, traveling to book-signings and averting crises when trusted editors are replaced and venerable publishing houses are taken over by conglomerates. Price delivers interesting generalities,but not the personal confidences the title promises. Apparently these are still inside the author's heart. Photos not seen by PW.
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