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    The Dedication Copy of Eudora Welty's First Novel

    Eudora Welty. Delta Wedding. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, [1946]. First edition of her first novel. Dedication copy, inscribed by Welty to the dedicatee of the book on the dedication page, her close friend, John Frasier Robinson: "To John - This belongs to you - / Pisa - Modena [?] - Messina [?] / here & now - love Eudora". Octavo. [vi], 247, [3, blank] pages. Publisher's full beige cloth, front cover and spine stamped in purple, dust jacket. Jacket worn with several chips and tears, some rubbing to binding. Good. John Frasier Robinson (1909-1989) was a close, life-long friend of Welty's (and her lover for a brief time). Delta Wedding was inspired in part by the diaries left by Robinson's grandmother. They corresponded frequently, and not only discussed their love of the arts, but their shared passion for literature (he, too, was a writer, though only a relatively small amount of his work was published).
    Tarbell, Eudora Welty Papers, Hill Memorial Library, Louisiana State University Libraries.

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