Remembering Eudora Welty

Comments from writers, friends and officials on the death of Mississippi author Eudora Welty.

``No one who ever spent as much as five minutes in her presence avoided being extremely fond of her... She had a childlike wonder she never lost.'' Shelby Foote, author, fellow Mississippian and longtime friend.

``It goes without question that she was one of the literary figures that this state, that this country for that matter, has ever produced.'' Former Mississippi Gov. William Winter, who knew Welty for more than 50 years.

``She was extraordinary,'' ``She had her own voice and her own tone and her own subject matter. There was no one quite like her in American literature.'' Elizabeth Hardwick, author and critic.

``Not only will Mississippians miss her but people literally around the world will miss her wisdom, her words and her ability to convey ideas and thoughts.'' Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove

``Miss Eudora will always live in the hearts of thousands around our planet who have read her words discovering a world of penetrating thought, stark memories and prose that can bring the angels to earth and soothe our longings to connect with out broader world.'' U.S. Rep. Ronnie Shows, D-Miss., in remarks on the House floor.

``Eudora Welty was one of the premier writers of America, certainly the grand lady of Southern letters and will be sorely missed. She was a writer of great wit and charm and wisdom. We were all in her debt and will remain so.'' Larry Wells of Oxford, a Mississippi publisher and William Faulkner expert.

(Copyright 2001 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)