" [...] few letter writers can create the sort of prose Eudora and Bill did. Their letters are filled with vibrant, beautifully crafted expressions that beg to be quoted [...] The letters often possess their own storylike architecture and thematic motifs. They have circular and associative structures, moving between past and present as they develop and then return to the starting point. Such letters deserve to be read as literature, for they satisfy the two demands that Bill asserted we should make of an author: 'that his characters have the breath of life in them and that behind the interplay of action and ideas, perhaps at times even intruding on it, there is a presence we feel, often in the very first sentence.' For Bill, 'the greater the literary artist, the clearer our recognition is of the presence, the voice, the invisible signature of the mind in which the whole fancy took place originally.'
William Maxwell and Eudora Welty both brought the 'breath of life' to their letters - letters that close with visible signatures but are pervaded by 'the invisible signatures of the mind'. The keen intellect, the sense of humour, the lack of self-absorption, the embracing of experience in all its complexity, the capacity for love, the generosity of spirit, and the ability to face loss and death - these constitute the invisible signatures of Welty and Maxwell, signatures that are as powerfully present in their letters as in their fiction."
Suzanne Marrs, from her introduction to What there is to say we have said: the correspondence of Eudora Welty and William Maxwell.
I'm reading this collection of letters with great enjoyment, delighting in being in the company of two such lovely, eloquent, interesting people.