Fanning the Spark: A Memoir

Fanning the Spark A Memoir In after years of publishing stories in literary magazines and periodicals Mary Ward Brown published her first book the story collection Tongues of Flame It soon received regional and national

  • Title: Fanning the Spark: A Memoir
  • Author: Mary Ward Brown
  • ISBN: 9780817316457
  • Page: 112
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In 1986, after years of publishing stories in literary magazines and periodicals, Mary Ward Brown published her first book, the story collection Tongues of Flame It soon received regional and national attention, and the following year won the PEN Hemingway Award for fiction Mary Ward Brown was sixty nine years old Though she would go on to write and publish many stIn 1986, after years of publishing stories in literary magazines and periodicals, Mary Ward Brown published her first book, the story collection Tongues of Flame It soon received regional and national attention, and the following year won the PEN Hemingway Award for fiction Mary Ward Brown was sixty nine years old Though she would go on to write and publish many stories and a well received second collection, It Wasn t All Dancing, Mary Ward Brown s late acclaim hardly hints at the rich and varied life that prepared the way for her success Fanning the Spark is the story of her life as a writer her upbringing in rural Alabama the joys of college, marriage, and motherhood the sorrows of becoming a widow and a lifelong devotion to writing, writers, and literature, and the company of those who shared those loves, nurturing and feeding her interior life in the face of many challenges, losses, and obstacles, both emotional and material Here, in prose every bit as eloquent, evocative, and incisive as her stories, are her remembrances of loved ones her letters fraught with worry to her son in Vietnam periods of emotional isolation and unbidden silence her invaluable friendships with renowned writers, editors, and agents her love of community and place and immeasurable delight with every award, speech, and public reading, the many recognitions she has garnered late in life Above all, it is the story of the competing demands of art and of life, the constant struggle between her need to write and the practicalities of family, duty, and day to day living.

    One thought on “Fanning the Spark: A Memoir”

    1. I've long been aware of Mary Ward Brown, an author born in the same year and state as my mother. But she only wrote short stories, while I prefer novels.Her short memoir is interesting -- chronological and then the last two chapters dealing with her writing. She spent almost her entire life (of 95 years) in one house, in a small community near Selma, Alabama. She says writing was a hard road for her to follow since she did not grow up in a literary family or, except very briefly, live in a liter [...]

    2. I was not aware of Mary Ward Brown until I read Deep South and my interest was piqued. The library copy I located was at the University of Colorado.I found this memoir disjointed, reminding me of the ramblings of an elderly mind revisiting scattered highlights of an interesting life. The extreme amount of namedropping (frequently with little consequence to the topic) was one annoying feature of the ramblings. Brown begins with early memories growing up with a mammy while her parents ran a genera [...]

    3. If one ever needs assurance that brilliant writing only emerges through a tedious, miserable process, turn to Mrs. Brown for inspiration.

    4. Marvelously written sensitive memoir about Mary Ward Brown, one of the U.S.'s best short story writers. Clearly conveys the changing south from WW#2 to the present.

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *