Eudora Welty

Standard Name: Welty, Eudora
Birth Name: Eudora Alice Welty
EW published five novels or novellas, as well as essays, memoirs, poetry, and a book for children, but her short stories are her most admired works. Her work spans the last forty years of the twentieth century. She stands out among white writers from the southern USA in her fictional engagement with the lives and the voices of black people, but her reputation short-changes her in one way. She is often remembered as quirky, humorous, and soft-centred, whereas in fact her rendering of the lives of poor people of both races has a marked political edge.
Black and white photograph of Eudora Welty. She sits looking up with her lips parted, her chin resting on her left hand and her other arm across her body. She is wearing a shirt with a broad collar.
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Friends, Associates Iris Murdoch
IM received a fan letter from Eudora Welty in 1956. She wrote to Simone de Beauvoir , hoping to arrange a meeting, but de Beauvoir sais she would not be in Paris at the date...
Friends, Associates Sybille Bedford
In Paris after the Second World War she met a group of American writers there: Eudora Welty , whom she judges the best writer among them, Truman Capote , Carson McCullers ,
Bedford, Sybille. Quicksands. Counterpoint, 2005.
and Jane Bowles
Friends, Associates Elizabeth Bowen
Her travels nourished her friendships. She visited many friends on trips to the USA, including Eudora Welty , and she met Graham Greene when lecturing in Vienna.
Austin, Allan E. Elizabeth Bowen. Twayne, 1989.
Glendinning, Victoria. Elizabeth Bowen. Alfred A. Knopf, 1978.
184, 228-9, 218-19
Friends, Associates Carson McCullers
Other friends who not of this group but who were important to CMC included several distinguished writers: Eudora Welty , Katherine Anne Porter , Tennessee Williams , Elizabeth Ames (director of the writers' community at...
Intertextuality and Influence Edna O'Brien
Among American writers, female and male, O'Brien particularly admires William Faulkner , Carson McCullers , Flannery O'Connor , and Eudora Welty .
Guppy, Shusha, Margaret Atwood, and Margaret Atwood. “Edna O’Brien”. Women Writers at Work: The Paris Review Interviews, edited by George Plimpton and George Plimpton, Viking, 1989, pp. 337 - 59.
Intertextuality and Influence Margiad Evans
Among other writers of stories, she admired not Virginia Woolf or Katherine Mansfield , but the greater power and fury of Eudora Welty ,
Lloyd-Morgan, Ceridwen, and Margiad Evans. “Introduction”. The Old and the Young, Seren, 1998, pp. 7 - 17.
as well as several male Welsh writers in English, and...
Literary responses Barbara Pym
Pym is not one of those women writers whose stock has risen through feminist re-evaluation. Five years after the influential Times Literary Supplement article was published, Penelope Lively wrote, I am always surprised that the...
Literary responses Ethel Wilson
John Gray attempted to persuade the New York division of Macmillan to publish the two novellas together in an American edition, but the company thought that two novellas had even less of a market than...
Literary responses Margery Allingham
MA 's agent Paul Reynolds , calling it a satire of Victorian life,
Martin, Richard. Ink in Her Blood: The Life and Crime Fiction of Margery Allingham. UMI Research Press, 1988.
doubted this book would suit the American taste. Sure enough, the New York Times gave it a very unfavourable review to...
Author summary Elizabeth Bowen
EB published ten novels, seventy-nine short stories, a history of her Anglo-Irish family, and a large body of critical and other nonfictional writing. Her novels and short stories blend romance (the perils of innocence, and...
Reception Barbara Pym
Pym was in great demand at this point in her career, giving print, radio, and television interviews, for example, and meeting with the writer of the first dissertation on her work.
Pym, Barbara. A Very Private Eye. Holt, Hazel and Hilary PymEditors , Macmillan, 1984.
She drew attention...
Textual Features Alice Munro
She delights in the surfaces and textures of her material and in the power to make the familiar or the ordinary into something strange through control of the deceptively linear narrative grammar of her stories...
Textual Production Henry Green
HG 's rather small band of admirers (who have included Elizabeth Bowen and Eudora Welty ) have always felt him to be seriously underestimated.
Textual Production Elspeth Huxley
In later years EH was a frequent member, in sessions of six weeks at a time, of the panel on the BBC 's The Critics, for which on 20 August 1954 she reviewed Eudora Welty
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Flannery O'Connor
She had strong opinions to express: she poured scorn on some other Southern writers (calling Carson McCullers ' Clock Without Handsthe worst book I have ever read, but she respected the work of Eudora Welty .
Gooch, Brad. Flannery. Little, Brown and Co., 2009.


12 June 1963
Medgar Evers , field secretary of the Mississippi NAACP , was assassinated, shot down from behind
Brown, Carolyn J. “Sister Act: Margaret Walker and Eudora Welty”. Study the South.
in his own driveway in Jackson, Mississippi.