"Don't think I am sending [this photograph of ] Virginia Woolf's house out as my Christmas card - this is just for you and one other and me. It is not when she was alive - it shows I think. But nobody was home, and so I thought it would be all right if I took a picture [...]"
Eudora Welty to William Maxwell, December 21, 1955
"The photograph of Virginia Woolf's house [in Rodmell] is so beautiful, so full of unanswered questions, and the fact that you took it makes it like a twosided gold coin [...]
I don't know how to tell you how much the photograph of Rodmell means to me. I live so much by these magical properties - how much my life as a writer depends on them, the voice of artifacts."
William Maxwell to Eudora Welty, late December, 1955; both extracts are from letters collected in What there is to say we have said, edited by Suzanne Marrs.
The picture of Monk's House is from the National Trust site.