Now a Random House author (; , ; ), Welty collected her nonfiction – essays, book reviews, and occasional pieces – in one volume titled , named for her essay about Katherine Anne Porter, the writer who had been her earliest champion. Having won the Pulitzer Prize for , Welty, now sixty-nine years old – retirement age for most professionals, was beyond criticism. Welty’s essays revealed her to be an imaginative, emotional appreciator of fiction rather than an intellectual critic, but the reviewers accepted the collection because it demonstrated such love of and pleasure in reading. She was old-fashioned and conservative enough in her taste that one reviewer (Cathy Curtis in the ) wondered what Welty would say of the experimental fiction of the day. By far the most commented-upon occasional piece was “Ida M’Toy” about Jackson’s ex-midwife. Overall, the reviewers agree that sent one back to reread Welty and to read those writers that she loved.
by Carol Ann Johnston. An extended introduction to Eudora Welty, contains a biography and covers a number of her stories. From , Univ. of Mississippi, 2005. [Johnston is the author of , New York: Twayne, 1997.]
“Eudora Welty: A Checklist,” , 21 (January-April, 1956): 207-208.
"Lo que el viento no se llevo" (No, Not Gone with the Wind), Review of Cuentos completos/Collected Stories by Eudora Welty---Ma Angeles Cabre, Trans. Cindy Sheffield Michaels & Estefania Olide-Pena
Eudora Welty in France: Delta V---Daniele Pitavy-Souques
Mortimer, Gail L. Daughter of the Swan: Love and Knowledge in Eudora Welty’s Fiction. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1994.
“The World of Love: The Fiction of Eudora Welty.” Eds.
In June, 1936, her story "Death of a Traveling Salesman" was accepted for publication in the journal and within two years her work had appeared in such prestigious publications as the and the Critical response to Welty's first collection of stories, (1941), was highly favorable, with many commentators predicting that a first performance so impressive would no doubt lead to even greater achievements.
Eudora Welty and the Writing Life---Peggy Whitman Prenshaw
Yet when was published two years later, several critics, most notably Diana Trilling, deplored Welty's marked shift away from the colorful realism of her earlier stories toward a more impressionistic style, objecting in particular to her increased use of symbol and metaphor to convey themes.
Eudora Welty from A to Z: Q to Z---Geraldine Chouard
Tate, Allen, ed. (Prentice-Hall 1947). Essays on William Faulkner, Thomas Wolfe, Eudora Welty, Robert Penn Warren, and "The New Criticism and Southern Critics," in a collection edited by one of its leading southern exponents. [The entire book is available at questia sub ser.]
Eudora Welty's Delta Wedding, ed. Reine Dugas-Bouton---Malinda Snow
Born in 1909 in Jackson, Mississippi, the daughter of Christian Webb Welty and Chestina Andrews Welty, Eudora Welty grew up in a close-knit and loving family. From her father she inherited a “love for all instruments that instruct and fascinate,” from her mother a passion for reading and for language. With her brothers, Edward Jefferson Welty and Walter Andrews Welty, she shared bonds of devotion, camaraderie, and humor. Nourished by such a background, Welty became perhaps the most distinguished graduate of the Jackson Public School system. She attended Davis Elementary School when Miss Lorena Duling was principal and graduated from Jackson’s Central High School in 1925. Her collegiate years were spent first at the Mississippi State College for Women in Columbus and then at the University of Wisconsin, where she received her bachelor’s degree. From Wisconsin, Welty went on to graduate study at the Columbia University School of Business.