Eudora Welty: The Contemporary Reviews (American Critical Archives)

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The reviews selected for reprinting here represent the diversity of Welty's reception and assessment. On Writing September Front matter. Henry James Kevin J. Add to basket. Into commonplace events and surroundings Welty can infuse an illusory quality, invoking myths, and interweaving shades of memory.

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Emerson and Thoreau Joel Myerson. Langston Hughes M. Stephen Crane George Monteiro. Walt Whitman Kenneth M. Ezra Pound Betsy Erkkila. How did children, including Grooms himself, learn segregation? Grooms answers that he learned it from blacks teaching the limitations.

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His paternal grandmother served as the family worrier and warned of the dangers outside of her world. Children were taught which white people could be trusted: the Watkins man who sold vanilla, tea, tonic, and other sundries, the postman who was known by name, and the forest ranger who came to the school. Boundaries were clearly marked Preface.

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Washington and W. Rather than choose between the two, Carlton wants to run away to Paris.

He had nothing to lose if he played it smart. Money gave him options. He could invest and become very rich. Or he could go to Europe. In Trouble No More , the people Grooms cares about are his everyday, ordinary characters.

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Allowing the human situations to evolve as the characters come alive, Grooms lets the fiction do its work. Gracie Mae, the only one who sympathizes, tells the story. Try to make the people you know happy. He asks. But Traynor nevers gets any meaning out of the song—and already he gets no joy from the performance. Gracie Mae dreams that Traynor is in trouble. In fact, he has given up, died. That is, I hoped to differentiate characters by their physical qualities as a way of showing what they were like inside—it seemed to me then the most direct way to do it.

This is an afterthought, though. His way will much more obviously be the way of distortion. You are right about the Welty story. What I hate most is its being in the New Yorker and all the stupid Yankee liberals smacking their lips over the typical life in the dear old dirty Southland.

The topical is poison. Habits Taking a particular situation existing in his world, and what he feels about it in his own breast and what he can make of it in his own head, he constructs on paper, little by little, an equivalent of it.

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Literally it may correspond to a high degree or to none at all; emotionally it corresponds as closely as he can make it. Observation and the inner truth of that observation as he perceives it, the two being tested one against the other: to him this is what the writing of a novel is. No matter how fast society around us changes, what remains is that there is a relationship in progress between ourselves and other people; this was the case when the world seemed stable, too.

There are relationships of the blood, of the passions and the affections, of thought and spirit and deed. There is the relationship between the races. How can one kind of relationship be set apart from the others? Like the great root system of an old and long-established growing plant, they are all tangled up together; to separate them you would have to cleave the plant itself from top to bottom…. I would like to point something out: in the rest of the country people seem suddenly aware now of what Southern fiction writers have been writing about in various ways for a great long time.

We do not need reminding of what our subject is. It is humankind, and we are all part of it. When we write about people, black or white, in the South or anywhere, if our stories are worth the reading, we are writing about everybody. In the South, we who are now at work may not learn to write it before we learn, or learn again, to live it—our full life in the South within its context, in its relation to the rest of the world. And while the Southern writer goes on portraying his South, which I think nobody else can do and which I believe he must do, then if his work is done well enough, it will reflect a larger mankind as it has done before.

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I wish St. Thomas were handy to consult about the fascist business. But if it does mean a doubt of the efficacy of love and if this is to be observed in my fiction, then it has to be explained or partly explained by what happens to conviction I believe love to be efficacious in the loooong run when it is translated into fiction designed for a public with a predisposition to believe the opposite. These statements illustrate that writers of note write simultaneously of the moment and for us now and always.

The stories touched on here, all written before the Age of Obama, narrate translational experiences of ordinary Southerners. He has wisdom. That was the rare thing.