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Every Tuesday, participants in the Southern Literary Trail post a quote from a Trail writer on Facebook. The permanent collection of "Quote Tuesdays" follows on these pages.

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  November 17, 2015    
       
  Zelda Fitzgerald & Tennessee Williams "Words are the love acts of writers."

-- Spoken by the character of Zelda Fitzgerald, as written by Tennessee Williams for his play "Clothes for a Summer Hotel."
 
       
   
       
  November 10, 2015    
       
  Stark Young press photo, October 10, 1925 "My father's mother, my Grandmother Young, was said by the family to have talked herself to death. Convalescing from a fever, she had defied the doctors and gone right on talking."

-- Stark Young, from his book of memoirs "The Pavilion: Of People and Times Remembered, Of Stories and Places"

« Photo caption: Stark Young press photo, October 10, 1925
 
       
   
       
  November 3, 2015    
       
  Flannery O'Connor "I saw about a million people during the week, and I'm very glad to get back to the chickens who don't know that I write."

-- Flannery O'Connor, upon her return to Andalusia Farm in Milledgeville, Ga., after a speaking tour in New York City, 1955.
 
       
   
       
  October 27, 2015    
       
  Joel Chandler Harris "People no longer write letters. Lacking the leisure, and, for the most part, the ability, they dictate dispatches, and scribble messages. When you are in the humor, you should take a peep at some of the letters written by people who lived long ago."

-- Joel Chandler Harris to his son in a letter dated April 5, 1900.
 
       
   
       
  October 20, 2015    
       
  Tennessee Williams "Friends are God's way of apologizing to us for our families."

-- Tennessee Williams
 
       
   
       
  October 13, 2015    
       
  Caroline Miller "Don't let people tell you there is no drama in your life, or that your surroundings are too colorless for novel material. If you can't find the novel in someone else's life, look into your own."

-- Caroline Miller
 
       
   
       
  October 6, 2015    
       
  Eudora Welty "One place understood helps us understand all places better."

-- Eudora Welty
 
       
   
       
  September 29, 2015    
       
  William Faulkner "Honey, it isn't the way I would do it, but you go right ahead."

-- William Faulkner, responding to a request by his friend Eudora Welty for criticism of a love scene she had written.
 
       
   
       
  September 22, 2015    
       
  Lillian Smith "I broke every barrier I could to see things as they are."

-- Lillian Smith
 
       
   
       
  September 15, 2015    
       
  Walker Percy "The question is: how to account for man’s wickedness? Biologists, for some reason, find it natural to look for a wicked monkey in the family tree. I find it more reasonable to suppose that monkeys are blameless and that something went wrong with man."

-- Walker Percy in his novel "Love in the Ruins."
 
       
   
       
  September 8, 2015    
       
  William March "The only difference between me and a schizophrenic is that I am not a schizophrenic."

-- William March, commenting to Alistair Cooke and quoting a remark attributed to Salvador Dali.
 
       
   
       
  September 1, 2015    
       
  Eudora Welty "My family always thought learning was a good thing. I was brought up in a good household, because we always had books, and we always believed in learning, and that nothing would be wasted that was spent finding out things and learning about them. That was a marvelous background."

-- Eudora Welty
 
       
   
       
  August 25, 2015    
       
  Ralph Ellison "I shall start collecting books for my personal library as soon as I finish school, because books are far better friends than most people."

-- Ralph Ellison, as a student at Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, writing his mother Ida Ellison.
 
       
   
       
  August 18, 2015    
       
  Margaret Mitchell "You know everybody thinks it's just when you are dead broke and you are out of luck that you need friends. But really, when you've had as incredible success as I have had, that's really when you need friends."

-- Margaret Mitchell, speaking at the Atlanta movie premiere of "Gone With The Wind," December 15, 1939.
 
       
   
       
  August 11, 2015    
       
  Stark Young "Respectable ladies in those days were not supposed to rouge; rice powder was as far as you were thought to go. Aunt Julia used to nibble slightly at a petal and rub a delicate bloom onto her cheeks, and would remark on occasion that she had always had color, that was her phrase for it."

-- Stark Young from "The Pavilion," his book of memories including a Como, Mississippi, childhood.
 
       
   
       
  August 4, 2015    
       
  Harper Lee "I shall probably write a book some day. They all do."

-- Harper Lee, from her interview by campus newspaper "The Crimson White" at The University of Alabama, October 8, 1946.

« Harper Lee with Gregory Peck in a photo from the Universal Studios press packet for "To Kill A Mockingbird" issued December 7, 1962.
 
       
   
       
  July 28, 2015    
       
  Borden Deal "In his limited experience, it seemed that the world was populated by two kinds of people; the many who added to the world's pain, the few who took away from it. He wanted to be one of those few who took pain away, in spite of the fact that he had known only the other kind."

-- Borden Deal from his novel "The Tobacco Men" (1965).
 
       
   
       
  July 21, 2015    
       
  Truman Capote "I've known all my life I could take a bunch of words and throw them up in the air and they would come down just right...I'm a semantic Paganini."

-- Truman Capote, quoted from Lawrence Grobel's "Conversations with Capote."

« Photo Credit: UPI Photo, 3-24-78
 
       
   
       
  July 14, 2015    
       
  William Bradford Huie "The dream which built America was the dream of a land where every man could believe what he wanted to believe and advocate what he wanted to advocate, and still be safe from the anger of those who disagreed."

-- William Bradford Huie, from a speech by the character Peter Garth Lafavor in Huie's novel "Mud on the Stars" (1942).
 
       
   
       
  July 7, 2015    
       
  Tennessee Williams "Home is where you hang your childhood."

-- Tennessee Williams
 
       
   
       
  June 30, 2015    
       
  Flannery O'Connor "You have to push as hard as the age that pushes against you."

-- Flannery O'Connor 
 
       
   
       
  June 23, 2015    
       
  William March "I've had a frightening day. I'm writing the story of a very wicked little girl, and she is beginning to terrify me."

-- William March, during dinner conversation in New Orleans while he was writing "The Bad Seed" (circa 1952).
 
       
   
       
  June 16, 2015    
       
  Alice Walker "Love is big. Love can hold anger, love can hold pain, love can even hold hatred. It's all about love."

-- Alice Walker 
 
       
   
       
  June 9, 2015    
       
  Lillian Hellman in her Martha's Vineyard home (Press photo) "You do too much. Go and do nothing for awhile. Nothing."

-- Lillian Hellman

« Photo caption: Lillian Hellman in her Martha's Vineyard home (Press photo)
 
       
   
       
  June 2, 2015    
       
  William Faulkner "The poet's voice need not merely be the record of man. It can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail."

-- William Faulkner
 
       
   
       
  May 26, 2015    
       
  Margaret Mitchell "Of all the states I liked Virginia the best. It had hills, hollows and woods and lakes and creeks and level ground. It is a pretty place on top of a hill. I ran down it and nearly broke my neck."

-- Margaret Mitchell, age 10, during travels with her mother in 1910 and writing her father Eugene Muse Mitchell in Atlanta.
 
       
   
       
  May 19, 2015    
       
  Tennessee Williams "I'm tired and a bit drunk and I have a beastly cold. I am already making plans for a far away flight (perhaps as far as Ceylon) the night the play opens in New York!"

-- Tennessee Williams, writing in his journal on February 22, 1955, during rehearsals for "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," which opened to critical acclaim on Broadway on March 24, 1955.
 
       
   
       
  May 12, 2015    
       
  Albert Murray "Rain finally stopped and now we have the beginning of Summer. They say this was the longest rainy season in decades. Spring has been more like New York than Alabama."

-- Albert Murray, writing from Tuskegee, Alabama, to Ralph Ellison at the American Academy in Rome in a letter dated May 15, 1956.
 
       
   
       
  May 5, 2015    
       
  Flannery O'Connor "My characters aren't grotesque. That's just the way people are in the South."

-- Flannery O'Connor, speaking at an Iowa Writers' Workshop
 
       
   
       
  April 28, 2015    
       
  Erskine Caldwell "If you're going to write a story and it's going to be true to life, you have to put the life of the people in it as life really is, no matter what. I guess that's why I ran into so much censorship trouble, because I was writing about what the people I had created would say and do."

-- Erskine Caldwell, about the writing of "Tobacco Road"
 
       
   
       
  April 21, 2015    
       
  Eugene Walter "A rather Spartan cure for a hangover that is employed by older military gentlemen and seems to me a rather show-offy concept is the raw egg with a dash of Lea and Perrins, gulped right from the eggshell. Very cold sauerkraut juice, sometimes with tomato juice added, sometimes vodka, always lemon juice and salt, is very helpful."

-- Eugene Walter on cures for hangovers.
 
       
   
       
  April 14, 2015    
       
  Eudora Welty "I don't think serious people, no matter where they live, hold it against any other person for where they come from."

-- Eudora Welty, commenting on negative attitudes toward Southerners in an interview by "The Southern Quarterly," August 9, 1978.
 
       
   
       
  April 7, 2015    
       
  Alice Walker "And so, ten years after the March on Washington, the question is: How much has the mountain of despair dwindled? What shape and size is the stone of hope?"

-- Alice Walker, from her essay "Choosing to Stay at Home: Ten Years After the March on Washington."
 
       
   
       
  MARCH 31, 2015    
       
  Margaret Walker "Where shall we march
If not to Freedom
And to our Promised Land?"


-- Margaret Walker, from a poem she wrote with references to the Book of Exodus and she read at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on August 28, 1963.
 
       
   
       
  March 24, 2015    
       
  Lillian Hellman in her Martha's Vineyard home (Press photo) "It still stands as the most preposterous civilization of all time."

-- Lillian Hellman, commenting on the old boys' club culture and dominance of Hollywood.

« Photo caption: Lillian Hellman in her Martha's Vineyard home (Press photo)
 
       
   
       
  March 17, 2015    
       
  Shelby Foote "I sound gloomy here. I'm not. Actually I exult in sensual pleasures – wife, food, warmth, comfort of home, familiar chair, whiskey, wine, cigar, old pipes cured to perfection, good health. Bright metal on a sullen ground -- Shakespeare."

-- Shelby Foote in a letter to Walker Percy, November 17, 1969
 
       
   
       
  March 10, 2015    
       
  William March "Those with nothing to say need many words to say it."

-- William March, from "The Hyena and the Badger" within his book, "99 Fables"
 
       
   
       
  March 3, 2015    
       
  Harper Lee and Gregory Peck, who played Atticus Finch in the film “To Kill a Mockingbird” (Courtesy, MCHM). "The minute I saw him I knew everything was going to be all right because he was Atticus."

-- Harper Lee, upon seeing Gregory Peck in costume on the Hollywood set of "To Kill a Mockingbird."

« Photo caption: Harper Lee and Gregory Peck, who played Atticus Finch in the film "To Kill a Mockingbird" (Courtesy, MCHM).
 
       
   
       
  February 24, 2015    
       
  William Faulkner "I never did like school and stopped going to school as soon as I got big enough to play hooky and not get caught at it."

-- William Faulkner
 
       
   
       
  February 17, 2015    
       
  Tennessee Williams (press photo) "I would work from early morning to early afternoon, and then, spent from the rigors of creation, I would go around the corner to a bar called Victor's and revive myself with a marvelous drink called a Brandy Alexander, which was a specialty of the bar. I would always play the Ink Spots' rendition of 'If I Didn't Care' on the jukebox while I drank the Alexander."

-- Tennessee Williams, about Victor's Café in New Orleans, from his Memoirs.

"Happy Mardi Gras from The Southern Literary Trail."

« Photo caption: Tennessee Williams (press photo).
 
       
   
       
  February 10, 2015    
       
  Eudora Welty "Best love to all, and thanks for so very many good things at once, and Happy St. Valentine's Day & Lincoln's Birthday today from Eudora."

-- Eudora Welty, concluding her letter to William Maxwell on February 12, 1969.
 
       
   
       
  February 3, 2015    
       
  Alice Walker "About two weeks before he died, I took a sack full of oranges to Langston Hughes. The joy I felt in giving that simple gift is undiminished by time."

-- Alice Walker
 
       
   
       
  January 27, 2015    
       
  Eugene Walter "One of the things I most wanted to do in New York was to go to a performance by Martha Graham. For me, she's Miss Mattie T. Graham. I thought she needed something in the middle. If she's going to be an honorary Southerner, she's got to have something in the middle, so I just put an initial T and a period."

-- Eugene Walter
 
       
   
       
  January 20, 2015    
       
  Carson McCullers "There is so much truth in children and so little self-consciousness. It always strikes me that they are so capable of losing and finding themselves and also losing and finding those things they feel close to."

-- Carson McCullers, responding when asked why several of her main characters are children.
 
       
   
       
  January 13, 2015    
       
  Flannery O'Connor "Some Very Peculiar Types have beat a path to my door these last few years and it is always interesting to see my mother hostessing-it-up on these occasions."

-- Flannery O'Connor, commenting on the surprise visits by fans at Andalusia Farm after the success of "A Good Man Is Hard to Find."
 
       
   
       
  January 6, 2015    
       
  Margaret Mitchell "When I go back to school I will work hard and heaven help me, make 1915 the best year I ever had."

-- Margaret Mitchell, age 14, writing in her journal one century ago on January 7, 1915.
 
       
   
       
  December 30, 2014    
       
  Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald "I will be making resolutions: each year I promise to perfect myself according to the best of my circumstance: thinking of ways to be and how to be it."

-- Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald writing from Highland Hospital, Ashville, North Carolina, on December 31, 1939, to F. Scott Fitzgerald.
 
       
   
       
  December 23, 2014    
       
  Truman Capote and Cher in press photo for a broadcast of “The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour,” Wednesday, October 3, 1973 on CBS (Photo Division, CBS Television Network, 9/7/73). "I always swore I'd never go to sleep on Christmas Eve, I wanted to hear the prancing dance of reindeer on the roof, and to be right there at the foot of the chimney to shake hands with Santa Claus."

-- Truman Capote from his short story "One Christmas" (1982)

« Photo caption: Truman Capote and Cher in press photo for a broadcast of "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour," Wednesday, October 3, 1973 on CBS (Photo Division, CBS Television Network, 9/7/73).
 
       
   
       
  December 16, 2014    
       
  Stark Young "The earliest memories I have of my mother must have been when I was around five. One was baking cakes, which she loved to do. I can see them now ready in the pantry for Christmas; there was fruit cake, both the dark and the light, for which the citron and raisins, currants and spices, had been set out in little piles; there were rosie cake, tinted with cochineal; marble cake, with streaking of chocolate and white; spice cake, angel cake; cocoanut cake; sponge cake; pound cake, and others; one Christmas there were seventeen of them."

-- Stark Young from his memoir "The Pavilion: Of People and Times Remembered, Of Stories and Places" (Charles Scribner's Sons, 1951)
 
       
   
       
  December 9, 2014    
       
  Lillian Hellman "Sit-Down dinners are often only good for six to eight people. But buffet dinners are fun, and I once gave this buffet to Mike Nichols for his birthday present. Since he is a great pasta lover, he chose the kinds of pasta he wanted. It seemed to me a rather stingy dinner, but I've never seen people eat quite so much."

-- Lillian Hellman from her final book, a cookbook written with Peter Feibleman and entitled "Eating Together" (Little, Brown, and Company 1984).

Note: Hellman's buffet dinner for Mike Nichols's birthday featured Bolognese Sauce; Basil and Clam Sauce; and Seafood Sauce all served with "imported Italian spaghetti" as specified by the playwright and with "a fruit bowl or fruit salad." Hellman adds, "It is a very good buffet supper."
 
       
   
       
  December 2, 2014    
       
  Eudora Welty "My mother read secondarily for information; she sank as a hedonist into novels. She read Dickens in the spirit in which she would have eloped with him."

-- Eudora Welty, from her book "One Writer's Beginnings"
 
       
   
       
  November 25, 2014    
       
  Truman Capote with his aunt, Mary Ida Carter (Courtesy, MCHM) "Bless You, O Lord, for the bounty of our table, the varied fruits we can be thankful for on this Thanksgiving Day of a troubled year."

-- The Thanksgiving grace by Uncle B., a character in Truman Capote's "The Thanksgiving Visitor."

« Photo caption: Truman Capote with his aunt, Mary Ida Carter (Courtesy, MCHM)
 
       
   
       
  November 18, 2014    
       
  Eugene Walter "Even today, the South is quirky, quick to take offense, fanciful: it has an attitude, a frame of mind. It prefers the flowery to the plain, likes its own jokes, its own rhetoric. It can laugh at itself at home, but it is immediately riled at any snicker from outside."

-- Eugene Walter from "American Cooking: Southern Style" (Time Life Books, 1971)
 
       
   
       
  November 11, 2014    
       
  Harper Lee "We like to have all our comforts and familiars about us, and tend to push away that which is different, and worrisome. That is what happened to Boo Radley, and to Tom Robinson. They were not set apart by evil men, or evil women, or evil thoughts. They were set apart by an evil past, which good people in the present were ill equipped to change."

-- Harper Lee, speaking to cadets at West Point about "To Kill a Mockingbird" in March 1965
 
       
   
       
  November 4, 2014    
       
  Carson McCullers, Nyack, New York, 1950 (Photo by Karl Bissinger) "Tenn, help me out of here."

-- Carson McCullers to her friend Tennessee Williams at the opening night on October 30, 1957, of her Broadway play "The Square Root of Wonderful," a rare critical and artistic failure for McCullers.

« Photo caption: Carson McCullers, Nyack, New York, 1950 (Photo by Karl Bissinger)
 
       
   
       
  October 28, 2014    
       
  Flannery O'Connor "When I was a child I used to dread birthdays for fear R. would throw a surprise party for me. My idea of hell was the door bursting open and a flock of children pouring in yelling SURPRISE! Now I don’t mind them. That danger is over."

-- Flannery O'Connor on her 37th birthday in a letter to a friend. (R. refers to the writer's mother Regina.)
 
       
   
       
  October 21, 2014    
       
  Truman Capote in a CBS press photo for his appearance on “The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour,” October 3, 1973. "What did they expect? I'm a writer, and I use everything. Did all those people think I was there just to entertain them?"

-- Truman Capote, responding to alienation by his high society friends whom he used as characters for “La Cote Basque 1965,” published in Esquire Magazine (1976).

« Photo caption: Truman Capote in a CBS press photo for his appearance on “The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour,” October 3, 1973.
 
       
   
       
  October 14, 2014    
       
  Tennessee Williams (ICM press photo) "Friends are God's way of apologizing to us for our families."

-- Tennessee Williams

« (ICM press photo)
 
       
   
       
  October 7, 2014    
       
  Stark Young press photo, October 10, 1925 "My father's mother, my Grandmother Young, was said by the family to have talked herself to death. Convalescing from a fever, she had defied the doctors and gone right on talking."

-- Stark Young, from his book of memoirs "The Pavilion: Of People and Times Remembered, Of Stories and Places"

« Photo caption: Stark Young press photo, October 10, 1925
 
       
   
       
  September 30, 2014    
       
  Lillian Hellman in an ad for Blackgama "I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions, even though I long ago came to the conclusion that I was not a political person and could have no comfortable place in any political group."

-- Lillian Hellman, from her letter to John Wood, Chairman of the House Committee on Un-American Activities, May 19, 1952.

« Photo caption: Lillian Hellman in an ad for Blackgama.
 
       
   
       
  September 23, 2014    
       
  William Faulkner "A change will come out of this war. If it doesn't, if the politicians and the people who run this country are not forced to make good the shibboleth they glibly talk about freedom, liberty, human rights, then you young men who live through it will have wasted your precious time, and those who don't live through it will have died in vain."

-- William Faulkner, in a letter to his stepson Malcolm Franklin on July 4, 1943.
 
       
   
       
  September 16, 2014    
       
  Joel Chandler Harris "People no longer write letters. Lacking the leisure, and, for the most part, the ability, they dictate dispatches, and scribble messages. When you are in the humor, you should take a peep at some of the letters written by people who lived long ago."

-- Joel Chandler Harris to his son in a letter dated April 5, 1900.
 
       
   
       
  September 9, 2014    
       
  Lillian Hellman with Truman Capote at a Broadway revival of “The Little Foxes” in October 1967 (Photo by Nat Fein, Keystone Press Agency Inc.) "Honey, I just decided you're depressed and need cheering up, so I'm going to give you a party."

-- Truman Capote, announcing to Kay Graham of "The Washington Post" that he will honor her with a party, the Black and White Ball at New York's Plaza Hotel on Monday, November 28, 1966.

« Photo Caption: Lillian Hellman with Truman Capote at a Broadway revival of "The Little Foxes" in October 1967 (Photo by Nat Fein, Keystone Press Agency Inc.)
 
       
   
       
  September 2, 2014    
       
  Zelda Fitzgerald & Tennessee Williams "Words are the love acts of writers."

-- Spoken by the character of Zelda Fitzgerald, as written by Tennessee Williams for his play "Clothes for a Summer Hotel."
 
       
   
       
  August 26, 2014    
       
  F. Scott Fitzgerald "I talk with the authority of failure, Ernest with the authority of success. We could never sit across the table again."

-- F. Scott Fitzgerald, from one of his notebook entries about Ernest Hemingway.
 
       
   
       
  August 19, 2014    
       
  Flannery O'Connor "I saw about a million people during the week, and I'm very glad to get back to the chickens who don't know that I write."

-- Flannery O'Connor, upon her return to Andalusia Farm in Milledgeville, Ga., after a speaking tour in New York City, 1955.
 
       
   
       
  August 12, 2014    
       
  William March "The only difference between me and a schizophrenic is that I am not a schizophrenic."

-- William March, commenting to Alistair Cooke and quoting a remark attributed to Salvador Dali.
 
       
   
       
  August 5, 2014    
       
  Margaret Walker "One of the nicest things that Alice Walker should be remembered for is putting a headstone over Zora's grave. I love Alice for that alone, if she had never become the very successful and fine writer that she is."

-- Margaret Walker, speaking about fellow writers Alice Walker and Zora Neale Hurston.
 
       
   
       
  July 29, 2014    
       
  Truman Capote "May, June and July and the best part of August I've squatted and sweltered on that damn back porch without an ounce of screening."

-- Truman Capote, writing within his short story "My Side of the Matter" (1945).
 
       
   
       
  July 22, 2014    
       
  Margaret Mitchell "Take the damn thing before I change my mind."

-- Margaret Mitchell, upon submitting her manuscript for "Gone With The Wind" to Macmillan Company representative John Latham in Atlanta, April, 1935.
 
       
   
       
  July 15, 2014    
       
  Eudora Welty "My family always thought learning was a good thing. I was brought up in a good household, because we always had books, and we always believed in learning, and that nothing would be wasted that was spent finding out things and learning about them. That was a marvelous background."

-- Eudora Welty
 
       
   
       
  July 8, 2014    
       
  Lillian Smith "I broke every barrier I could to see things as they are."

-- Lillian Smith
 
       
   
       
  July 1, 2014    
       
  Alice Walker "In large measure, black Southern writers owe their clarity of vision to parents who refused to diminish themselves as human beings by succumbing to racism. Our parents seemed to know that an extreme negative emotion held against other human beings for reasons they do not control can be blinding. Blindness about other human beings, especially for a writer, is equivalent to death."

-- Alice Walker in her essay "The Black Writer and the Southern Experience."
 
       
   
       
  June 24, 2014    
  Movie poster for “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” from the Warner Brothers pressbook for the film, 1968 "All of us here know what it is to suffer for real need. That is a great injustice. But there is one injustice bitterer even than that -- to be denied the right to work according to one’s ability. To labor a lifetime uselessly. To be denied the chance to serve. It is far better for the profits of our purse to be taken from us than to be robbed of the riches of our minds and souls."

-- Carson McCullers in her novel "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter."

« Photo Caption: Movie poster for "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" from the Warner Brothers pressbook for the film, 1968.
 
       
   
       
  June 17, 2014    
       
  Al Hirschfeld drawing for the original production of “House of Flowers,” premiering December 30, 1954, at the Alvin Theatre in New York City. "My house is made of flowers, the warm winds carpet the floor. Whenever there's spring showers, I open a rainbow door."

-- Truman Capote from his lyrics for the Off-Broadway musical "House of Flowers," based upon his short story, with music by Harold Arlen.

« Photo Caption: Al Hirschfeld drawing for the original production of "House of Flowers," premiering December 30, 1954, at the Alvin Theatre in New York City.
 
       
   
       
  June 10, 2014    
       
  A prop from a film of director Frederico Fellini on display at Rome’s Cinecitta Studios where writer and Mobile native Eugene Walter enacted characters for Fellini's “Juliet of the Spirits” and “8 ˝.” (Photo credit:  William Gantt, 2014). "This hillside had been the site of one of Cleopatra's kitchens. She had three separate kitchens. They all prepared the same thing, but starting an hour subsequent to each other, because she never knew when Caesar would get there from the Senate. So no matter when he arrived, it was freshly prepared, with three kitchens making the same menu."

-- Eugene Walter describing his favorite hillside in Rome to Katherine Clark, his interviewer for the book "Milking the Moon, A Southerner's Story of Life on This Planet."

« Photo Caption: A prop from a film of director Frederico Fellini on display at Rome’s Cinecitta Studios where writer and Mobile native Eugene Walter enacted characters for Fellini's "Juliet of the Spirits" and "8 ˝." (Photo credit: William Gantt, 2014).
 
       
   
       
  June 3, 2014    
       
  The inaugural Walker Percy Weekend debuts this week in St. Francisville, Louisiana, from June 6 to 8, 2014. "The question is: how to account for man’s wickedness? Biologists, for some reason, find it natural to look for a wicked monkey in the family tree. I find it more reasonable to suppose that monkeys are blameless and that something went wrong with man."

-- Walker Percy in his novel "Love in the Ruins."

« Photo Caption: The inaugural Walker Percy Weekend debuts this week in St. Francisville, Louisiana, from June 6 to 8, 2014. Learn more.
 
       
   
       
  May 27, 2014    
       
  Eudora Welty "I am not musical, not a teacher, nor foreign in birth; not humorless or ridiculed or missing out in love; nor have I yet let the world around me slip from my recognition. But none of that counts. What counts is only what lies at the solitary core."

-- Eudora Welty, writing in her book "One Writer's Beginnings"
 
       
   
       
  May 20, 2014    
       
  William Faulkner "Honey, it isn't the way I would do it, but you go right ahead."

-- William Faulkner, responding to a request by his friend Eudora Welty for criticism of a love scene she had written.
 
       
   
       
  May 13, 2014    
       
  Lillian Hellman with Truman Capote at a Broadway revival of “The Little Foxes” in October 1967 (Photo by Nat Fein, Keystone Press Agency Inc.) "For a weekend in the country, when you don't feel like spending your life in the kitchen and when you wish to take enough food from the city to last the whole weekend, try packing: two cold roasted chickens, French bread, some ground chuck, ground sirloin, some cabbage, lettuce, onions, vinegar and oil, eggs, potatoes, a well-aged Brie and some fresh fruit, and make yourself a chocolate cake that will last the whole weekend."

-- Lillian Hellman from her book "Eating Together, Recollections and Recipes," co-written with Peter Feibleman

« Photo Caption: Lillian Hellman with Truman Capote at a Broadway revival of "The Little Foxes" in October 1967 (Photo by Nat Fein, Keystone Press Agency Inc.)
 
       
   
       
  May 6, 2014    
       
  Byron Herbert Reece "Then in his mind it was spring again, and he looked upon a field. It was prepared for the planting, the soil had been broken by the plow. It was the proper season. There was warmth in the soil."

-- Byron Herbert Reece, from his novel "The Hawk and the Sun."
 
       
   
       
  April 29, 2014    
       
  Ralph Ellison "I shall start collecting books for my personal library as soon as I finish school, because books are far better friends than most people."

-- Ralph Ellison, as a student at Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, writing his mother Ida Ellison.
 
       
   
       
  April 22, 2014    
       
  Borden Deal "In his limited experience, it seemed that the world was populated by two kinds of people; the many who added to the world's pain, the few who took away from it. He wanted to be one of those few who took pain away, in spite of the fact that he had known only the other kind."

-- Borden Deal from his novel "The Tobacco Men" (1965).

« Photo Caption: Book cover photo from "The Tobacco Men."
 
       
   
       
  April 15, 2014    
       
  Zelda Sayre & F. Scott Fitzgerald "We scarcely knew any more who we were and we hadn't a notion what we were."

-- F. Scott Fitzgerald, reflecting upon a lifestyle of drinking and partying in Manhattan with his wife Zelda Sayre of Montgomery.

"Horrible things have happened to me through my inability to express myself."

-- Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, writing after commitment to a psychiatric hospital at Lake Geneva, Switzerland.
 
       
   
       
  April 8, 2014    
       
  Erskine Caldwell "I think acceptance of human rights is going to progress from one day to the next. I don't think there's going to be any violent revolution about the whole thing anywhere. Of course, it looks like it every once in a while. You hear about it on television and in newspapers: riots here and there. But that is a passing phase."

-- Erskine Caldwell, from an interview by Alan Lelchuk and Robin White in 1967.
 
       
   
       
  April 1, 2014    
       
  William Bradford Huie "The dream which built America was the dream of a land where every man could believe what he wanted to believe and advocate what he wanted to advocate, and still be safe from the anger of those who disagreed."

-- William Bradford Huie, from a speech by the character Peter Garth Lafavor in Huie's novel "Mud on the Stars" (1942).
 
       
   
       
  March 25, 2014    
       
  Tennessee Williams, right, with Artist Andy Warhol (press photo) "What I am writing about is human nature. I write about the South because I think the war between romanticism and the hostility to it is very sharp there."

-- Tennessee Williams, quoted from "Tennessee Williams and the South" by Kenneth Holditch and Richard Freeman Leavitt

« Photo Caption: Tennessee Williams, right, with Artist Andy Warhol (press photo)
 
       
   
       
  March 18, 2014    
       
  Stark Young "Respectable ladies in those days were not supposed to rouge; rice powder was as far as you were thought to go. Aunt Julia used to nibble slightly at a petal and rub a delicate bloom onto her cheeks, and would remark on occasion that she had always had color, that was her phrase for it."

-- Stark Young from "The Pavilion," his book of memories including a Como, Mississippi, childhood.
 
       
   
       
  March 11, 2014    
       
  Truman Capote "I've known all my life I could take a bunch of words and throw them up in the air and they would come down just right...I'm a semantic Paganini."

-- Truman Capote, quoted from Lawrence Grobel's "Conversations with Capote."

« Photo Caption: Truman Capote speaking at Towson State University (Towson, Md.) on November 13, 1977. (Photo by United Press International Inc.)
 
       
   
       
  March 4, 2014    
       
  Eugene Walter "When the gossip got really good, my grandmother would switch from English to French. And the rest would be in French, so that little eavesdroppers couldn't hear the rest of the story. I knew that one day I would learn French, because French was the gossip language. All the good parts happened in French."

-- Eugene Walter, recalling his childhood in Mobile, Alabama.

Happy Mardi Gras from the Southern Literary Trail!
 
       
   
       
  February 25, 2014    
       
  Margaret Walker "No one questions the deep pathos of our sorrow songs sung in a minor key, the feeling tone of our religious and gospel music, the melancholy note in our blues, or the rhythmic syncopation of our jazz; but what most white America still does not know is that our literature reveals how we have transmuted suffering into song and heartbreak into compassion."

-- Margaret Walker, writing in her essay "The Humanistic Tradition of Afro-American Literature" first published in "American Libraries" (October 1970)
 
       
   
       
  February 18, 2014    
       
  Harper Lee "I shall probably write a book some day. They all do."

-- Harper Lee, from her interview by campus newspaper "The Crimson White" at The University of Alabama, October 8, 1946.

« Harper Lee with Gregory Peck in a photo from the Universal Studios press packet for "To Kill A Mockingbird" issued December 7, 1962.
 
       
   
       
  February 11, 2014    
       
  Margaret Mitchell "You know everybody thinks it's just when you are dead broke and you are out of luck that you need friends. But really, when you've had as incredible success as I have had, that's really when you need friends."

-- Margaret Mitchell, speaking at the Atlanta movie premiere of "Gone With The Wind," December 15, 1939.

« Margaret Mitchell, center, at the movie premiere of "Gone With The Wind" in Atlanta with Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable and producer David O. Selznick (press photo, 1939).
 
       
   
       
  February 4, 2014    
       
  F. Scott Fitzgerald "It is interesting, surprisingly honest, consistent and workmanlike throughout, and I felt no contempt for it but only a certain pity for those who consider it the supreme achievement of the human mind."

-- F. Scott Fitzgerald, expressing his opinion of Margaret Mitchell’s "Gone With The Wind" in a letter to his daughter Scottie (1939).
 
       
   
       
  January 28, 2014 (Bonus quote)  
       
  Carson McCullers "Snow," Mick said. "That's what I want to see. Cold, white drifts of snow like in pictures. Blizzards. White, cold snow that keeps falling soft and falls on and on and on through all the winter. Snow like Alaska."

-- Carson McCullers, from her novel "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter."
 
       
   
       
  January 28, 2014    
       
  William March "I've had a frightening day. I'm writing the story of a very wicked little girl, and she is beginning to terrify me."

-- William March, during dinner conversation in New Orleans while he was writing "The Bad Seed" (circa 1952).
 
       
   
       
  January 21, 2014     
       
  Richard Wright "It had never occurred to me that I was in any way an inferior being. And no word that I had ever heard fall from the lips of southern white men had ever made me really doubt the worth of my own humanity."

-- Richard Wright in his book "Black Boy."
 
       
   
       
  January 14, 2014     
       
  Lillian Smith "Minds broken. Hearts broken. Conscience torn from acts. A culture split in a thousand pieces. That is segregation."

-- Lillian Smith in her book "Killers of the Dream." 
 
       
   
       
  January 7, 2014     
       
  Tennessee Williams "Home is where you hang your childhood."

-- Tennessee Williams

« Photo of Edwina Dakin Williams reading to her children Rose and Tom, the future "Tennessee." 
 
       
   
       
  December 31, 2013     
       
  Lillian Hellman "You do too much. Go and do nothing for awhile. Nothing."

-- Lillian Hellman

« Photo courtesy of the Lillian Hellman Estate 
 
       
   
       
  December 24, 2013     
       
  Albert Murray "So you stomp the blues away. You don't stomp the blues by turning your foot into a sledgehammer. You stomp the blues by snapping your fingers, tilting your head a little on the beat, and snapping on the after beat. The more elegantly you move when you're dealing with the blues, the more effective you are. That's art."

-- Albert Murray, 1916 to 2013

From an interview in 1996 by Dr. Don Noble for the "Bookmark" program on Alabama Public Television. 
 
       
   
       
  December 17, 2013     
       
  Eugene Walter "Christmas in the South means a creamy bowl of rum and bourbon based eggnog and a rich array of cakes and candies: coconut cake, white fruitcake, bourbon ball candies, and sugary divinity candies topped with pecans."

-- Eugene Walter, writing in "American Cooking, Southern Style" from Time Life Books, 1971. 
 
       
   
       
  December 10, 2013     
       
  Walker Percy "Bourbon does for me what the piece of cake did for Proust."

-- Walker Percy

From his essay entitled "Bourbon" written in 1975. 
 
       
   
       
  December 3, 2013     
       
  Alice Walker "Love is big. Love can hold anger, love can hold pain, love can even hold hatred. It's all about love."

-- Alice Walker 
 
       
   
       
  November 26, 2013     
       
  Truman Capote "A lively day, that Thanksgiving. Lively with on and off showers and abrupt sky clearings accompanied by thoughts of raw sun and sudden bandit winds snatching autumn's leftover leaves."

-- Truman Capote, from "The Thanksgiving Visitor" 
 
       
   
       
  November 19, 2013     
       
  Flannery O'Connor "You have to push as hard as the age that pushes against you."

-- Flannery O'Connor 
 
       
   
       
  November 12, 2013     
       
  Eudora Welty "It's excellence that really buoys up the heart, and when it appears to you in such spontaneous, quick, beautiful and signifying dress, it brings true joy."

-- Eudora Welty, writing to William Maxwell on November 4, 1955. 
 
       
   
       
  November 5, 2013     
       
  Zelda Fitzgerald "I want you to have a good time and take what you can from everywhere and love me if you want to and be kind. But I love you, Zelda."

-- Zelda Fitzgerald, writing her husband Scott from Montgomery, Alabama in 1931. 
 
       
   
       
  October 29, 2013     
       
  William Faulkner "The writer has three sources: one is observation; one is experience, which includes reading; the other is imagination, and the Lord only knows where that comes from."

-- William Faulkner (at West Point on April 19, 1962) 
 

 
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