COUNTRY CHURCHYARDS.

Welty, Eudora. Elizabeth Spencer (Introduction). Hunter Cole (prefatory interview/essay).

Published by Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, May 2000.
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#18 of a limited first edition of 150 numbered copies. Brown cloth slipcase. Light olive colored cloth over boards with gilt stamped spine lettering. Hardcover; H 21cm x L 20.75cm. 112 pages. Laid-in are the following: two copies of the publisher's promotional card, an addressed promotional postcard, publisher's limited edition order form, and a page excised from the University Press of Mississippi's catalogue announcing the publication of the book. Features 79 black/white photographs (including frontispiece) of Mississippi cemeteries taken by Welty in the 1930s and 1940s. From the publisher's catalogue: "Her camera eye focused on distinctive funerary emblems, statuary, storied urns, and appealing folklife qualities expressed in the gravestones. Just as many pieces of Welty's fiction feature lyrical descriptions of cemeteries and graves . . . so too do these photographs taken in the cool, sequestered churchyards and graveyards of Jackson, Port Gibson, Churchill, Rodney, Utica, Crystal Springs, Vicksburg, Rocky Springs, and sites near the old Natchez Trace. [The photographs] not only document her rambles but also accent the images of regional cemeteries that appear in her stories and novels. This is her unique eyeview of the southern graveyard and of its unusual artworks that arrested her attention . . ." Also includes an Introduction titled AN ABUNDANCE OF ANGELS by Elizabeth Spencer with a prefatory five page interview-essay by Hunter Cole titled EUDORA AMONG HER PHOTOGRAPHS in which Welty shares her impressions and memories of the book's haunting images. The copy# is handwritten on page 112 with the publisher's Post-It note also denoting the copy# affixed to the slipcase's front panel. An as new copy which remains in the publisher's mostly intact original shrinkwrap. Description copyright David Hallinan, Bookseller. ISBN 1578062357. Bookseller Inventory #

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A great writer's poignant photographs of Mississippi graveyards and memorial stones

For many years Eudora Welty wished to produce a book about country churchyards. Published at long last, in her ninety-first year, this book includes ninety of her photographs along with a conversation in which Welty shares her impressions and her memories of the 1930s and 1940s when she rambled through Mississippi cemeteries taking pictures. She recalls poignant and sometimes chilling experiences that occurred.

"I took a lot of cemetery pictures in my life," she said. "For me cemeteries had a sinister appeal somehow." Her camera eye focused on distinctive funerary emblems, statuary, storied urns, and appealing folklife qualities expressed in the gravestones. Just as many pieces of Welty's fiction feature lyrical descriptions of cemeteries and graves in a way that is expressly Weltian, so too do these photographs taken in the cool, sequestered churchyards and graveyards of Jackson, Port Gibson, Churchill, Rodney, Utica, Crystal Springs, Vicksburg, Rocky Springs, and sites near the old Natchez Trace.

They not only document her rambles but also accent the images of regional cemeteries that appear in her stories and novels. This is her unique view of the southern graveyard and of its unusual artworks that arrested her attention -- chains, willows, baskets, angels, lambs, pointing hands, doves, and wreaths. "I like the tombstones showing children asleep in seashells," she says. For her, an absorbed observer, there is charm in the stone motifs and in the sentimental modes of commemorating the dead.

As a contemplative loner she called no attention to herself as she wandered quietly through small-town cemeteries with her camera. Both the country settings and the heart-felt inscriptions on decaying marble heightened her imagination and triggered her creative impulses.

Accompanying the photographs are selected passages about graveyards and funerals from her fiction -- Losing Battles, The Golden Apples and Other Stories, A Curtain of Green and Other Stories, and The Optimist's Daughter -- and from her essay "Some Notes on River Country."

In the introduction Elizabeth Spencer, a Mississippi writer who has been a life-long friend of Welty's, explores the photographic images for the meanings they yield, for the light they throw onto Welty's fiction, and for her own memories of their home state's evocative graveyards and burial customs.

Eudora Welty, one of America's most acclaimed and honored writers, is the author of many novels and story collections, including The Optimist's Daughter (Pulitzer Prize), Losing Battles, The Ponder Heart, The Robber Bridegroom, and A Curtain of Green and Other Stories and two collections of her photographic work Photographs and One Time, One Place: Mississippi in the Depression (both from University Press of Mississippi).

From the Inside Flap: Welty’s poignant photographs of Mississippi graveyards and memorial stones paired with Spencer’s exploration of the meanings the photographs yield and the light they shine onto Welty’s fiction

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Title: COUNTRY CHURCHYARDS.
Publisher: Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, May 2000.

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