The Critical Response to Eudora Welty's Fiction

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Introduction

Eudora Welty holds a prominent position among Southern writers, receiving critical attention in publications that scan a wide range of interests. Journals that specialize in American literature, journals that publish general essays, and journals that focus on Southern literature frequently include articles about Welty's works.

Although Welty has not written a biography, in One Writer's Beginnings, she describes her childhood. One Writer's Beginnings is taken from a series of lectures Welty gave at Harvard University, consisting of three essays: "Listening", "Learning to See", and "Finding a Voice". Welty has also written scholarly essays and published her photography. Welty's major works of fiction include four collections of short stories, three short novels, and two full-length novels.

Welty's collections of short stories are reprinted in The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty, which contains all the stories in A Curtain of Green, The Wide Net, The Golden Apples, The Bride of the Innisfallen, and two previously uncollected stories. Many of Welty's stories are included in short story, American literature, and Southern literature anthologies. Welty's works have also been adapted for the stage and for television. Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov's 1956 stage adaptation of The Ponder Heart was a Broadway success. The WPA Theatre produced "The Hitch-Hikers" for the stage, and "Why I Live at the P.O". and "The Wide Net" have been filmed as part of the American Short Stories film series.


A Curtain of Green and Other Stories 1941

In 1941, Doubleday published A Curtain of Green and Other Stories. In her introduction to this collection, Katherine Anne Porter begins with a brief

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