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Understanding Eudora Welty
Kreyling, Michael, 1948-
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Columbia : University of South Carolina Press, [1999]

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262 pages ; 19 cm.
Introduction -- A curtain of green and other stories -- The robber bridegroom -- The wide net and other stories -- Delta wedding -- The golden apples -- The ponder heart -- The bride of the Innisfallen -- Losing battles -- The optimist's daughter and One writer's beginnings -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.
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This work offers close readings of Eudora Welty's novels and short stories (including One Writer's Beginnings). At the same time, it sifts through contemporary reviews and recent criticism. The author suggests that understanding the critical history of Welty's canon is vital.

Author Notes

Michael Kreyling is a professor of English at Vanderbilt University.

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An excellent resource for academics and general readers alike, this title joins Ruth Vande Kieft's Eudora Welty (1962; rev. ed., CH, Oct'87) and Elizabeth Evans's Eudora Welty (CH, Dec'81) as a comprehensive introduction to the works of this major writer. Coeditor (with Richard Ford) of the Library of America's Eudora Welty (1998) and author of Eudora Welty's Achievement of Order (CH, Oct'80) and Author and Agent: Eudora Welty and Diarmuid Russell (1991), Kreyling (Vanderbilt Univ.) acknowledges his debt to revisionary feminist readings; but he is equally familiar with 1940s reviews of Welty's books and the formalist approach of the new critics. Each chapter succinctly and suggestively explores a different volume of fiction, from A Curtain of Green and Other Stories (1941) through The Optimist's Daughter (1972). The last he pairs with Welty's memoir One Writer's Beginnings (CH, Jul'84) as a "kind of coda to her career," with their focus on "the family as the crucial dramatic situation, and the mother-daughter relation as the power source for the author's plots, themes, and patterns of imagery and symbol." Understanding Eudora Welty situates the author in the state of Mississippi (from red clay hills to a historic-fantastic Natchez Trace) and in "the realm of transatlantic literary modernism." A must for every library. J. W. Hall; University of Mississippi

Table of Contents

Editor's Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
Chapter 1 A Curtain of Green and Other Storiesp. 9
Chapter 2 The Robber Bridegroomp. 36
Chapter 3 The Wide Net and Other Storiesp. 50
Chapter 4 Delta Weddingp. 81
Chapter 5 The Golden Applesp. 109
Chapter 6 The Ponder Heartp. 148
Chapter 7 The Bride of the Innisfallenp. 164
Chapter 8 Losing Battlesp. 187
Chapter 9 The Optimist's Daughter and One Writer's Beginningsp. 209
Notesp. 241
Bibliographyp. 247
Indexp. 257