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Critical essays on Eudora Welty
Turner, W. Craig.
Publication Information:
Boston, Mass. : G.K. Hall, [1989]

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ix, 314 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
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PS3545.E6 Z63 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Original and reprinted essays and reviews, arranged by literary works followed by a section on her work in general. The 28 contributors include Robert Penn Warren, John Grave Ransom, and Granville Hicks. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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After providing an introduction that gives a succinct survey of Welty criticism and scholarship to date, Turner and Harding present a sample of this commentary in 28 pieces ranging from brief periodical reviews (several of them hostile) to in-depth analyses of individual works to thoughtful retrospective essays. There are two to four articles on each of Welty's nine books of fiction. For The Wide Net (1943), for instance, the selections are Diana Trilling's vitriolic 1943 Nation review, Robert Penn Warren's extremely influential "The Love and the Separateness in Miss Welty" from the Spring 1944 Kenyon Review, and a specially commissioned study by Pearl Ameila McHaney in the background of "A Still Moment." Major Welty critics represented include John Edward Hardy, Ruth M. Vande Kieft, Albert J. Devlin, and Michael Kreyling. There is fortunately no overlap between this new volume and comparable earlier collections--A Still Moment, ed. by John F. Desmond (CH, Feb '79); Eudora Welty: A Form of Thanks, ed. by Louis Dollarhide and Ann J. Abadie (CH, Oct '79); Eudora Welty: Critical Essays, ed. by Peggy Whitman Prenshaw (CH, Feb '80); and Welty: A Life in Literature, ed. by Albert J. Devlin (CH, May '88). Consequently, this book should be another most useful reference for students and scholars seeking an overall perspective on Welty's highly distinguished body of fiction. -A. J. Griffith, Our Lady of the Lake University