Eudora Welty

Eudora Welty, 1909–2001, American author, b. Jackson, Miss., grad. Univ. of Wisconsin, 1929. One of the important American regional writers of the 20th cent. and one of the finest short-story writers of any time or place, Welty usually wrote about the inhabitants of rural Mississippi. Her characters are comic, eccentric, often grotesque, but nonetheless charming; their reality is augmented by Welty's fierce wit and her skill at capturing their dialect and speech patterns. Among her collections of short stories are A Curtain of Green (1941), The Wide Net (1943), and The Bride of Innisfallen (1955). Her collected stories were published in 1980, the same year she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Welty's novels include Delta Wedding (1946), The Ponder Heart (1954; dramatized 1956), Losing Battles (1970), and The Optimist's Daughter (1972; Pulitzer Prize), about the contemporary loosening of home and family ties and its effect on grief, love, and the acknowledgment of loss. Her complete novels appeared in 1998. She also published a novella, The Robber Bridegroom (1942); a collection of her photographs of Mississippi in the 1930s, One Time: One Place (1972); and numerous essays and reviews.

See her autobiographical One Writer's Beginnings (1984); P. W. Prenshaw, ed., Conversations with Eudora Welty (1984); biographies by A. Waldron (1998) and S. Marrs (2005); studies by E. Evans (1981), A. J. Devlin (1983, 1987), R. M. Vande Kieft (1962, rev. ed. 1987), C. S. Manning (1985), W. C. Turner and L. E. Harding, ed. (1989), L. Westling (1989), P. Schmidt (1991), G. L. Mortimer (1994), C. A. Johnston (1997), M. Kreyling (1999), and S. Marrs (2002); P. A. McHenry, ed., Eudora Welty as Photographer (2009); bibliography by N. Polk (1994).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

The Critical Response to Eudora Welty's Fiction
Laurie Champion.
Greenwood Press, 1994
Eudora Welty: The Necessary Optimist
Tolson, Jay.
The Wilson Quarterly, Vol. 23, No. 1, Winter 1999
A Universal Region: The Fiction of Eudora Welty
Allen, Brooke.
New Criterion, Vol. 18, No. 2, October 1999
Eudora Welty: Two Pictures at Once in Her Frame
Barbara Harrell Carson.
Whitston, 1992
Eudora Welty: A Form of Thanks
Louis Dollarhide; Ann J. Abadie.
University Press of Mississippi, 1979
Sex and the Southern Girl: Eudora Welty's Critical Legacy
Johnston, Carol Ann.
The Mississippi Quarterly, Vol. 56, No. 2, Spring 2003
PEER-REVIEWED PERIODICAL
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The Columbia Companion to the Twentieth-Century American Short Story
Blanche H. Gelfant; Lawrence Graver.
Columbia University Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "Eudora Welty" begins on p. 560
American Women Writers, 1900-1945: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook
Laurie Champion.
Greenwood Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "Eudora Alice Welty" begins on p. 348
Fiction of the Home Place: Jewett, Cather, Glasgow, Porter, Welty, and Naylor
Helen Fiddyment Levy.
University Press of Mississippi, 1992
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "The Oldest Root Sometimes Blooms the Most: Eudora Welty"
Feminine Sense in Southern Memoir: Smith, Glasgow, Welty, Hellman, Porter, and Hurston
Will Brantley.
University Press of Mississippi, 1995
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "Ellen Glasgow and Eudora Welty: Writing the Sheltered Life"
American Women Fiction Writers, 1900-1960
Harold Bloom.
Chelsea House, vol.3, 1998
Librarian’s tip: "Eudora Welty" begins on p. 178
Making a Spectacle: Welty, Faulkner, and Southern Gothic
Donaldson, Susan V.
The Mississippi Quarterly, Vol. 50, No. 4, Fall 1997
PEER-REVIEWED PERIODICAL
Peer-reviewed publications on Questia are publications containing articles which were subject to evaluation for accuracy and substance by professional peers of the article's author(s).
Women and Western American Literature
Helen Winter Stauffer; Susan J. Rosowski.
Whitston, 1982
Librarian’s tip: "Pioneering the Imagination: Eudora Welty's The Robber Bridegroom" begins on p. 283
The Art of Southern Fiction: A Study of Some Modern Novelists
Frederick J. Hoffman.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1967
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "Eudora Welty and Carson McCullers"
Faith of a (Woman) Writer
Alice Kessler-Harris; William McBrien.
Greenwood Press, 1988
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 29 "The Case of the Dangling Signifier: Phallic Imagery in Eudora Welty's 'Moon Lake'"
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