Miss Eudora

Eudora Welty–often called “Miss Eudora” in these parts–looms as large on the Mississippi literary landscape as does Faulkner. In Welty’s case, this is due primarily to her hilarious, upsetting short stories, rather than her novels (although she wrote a few). One of my old professors at Millsaps has written the–for now, anyway–definitive biography of Eudora Welty. It’s getting, ahem, mixed reviews.

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2 Responses to Miss Eudora

  1. Susan says:

    Publishers Weekly is a bit stingy with its online links (to say the least), but that trade magazine gave it a starred review, which was written by Dorothy Allison (“Bastard Out of Carolina”).

  2. Elizabeth says:

    My family has been reading this book, too. In fact, my grandfather has a story about how he and my grandmother once saw Eudora Welty in an airport, and my grandfather thought to help her carry some of her things. “Miss Eudora,” he said, “may I help you by carrying those bags for you?” She gratefully accepted.
    I haven’t yet read the book, but my family feels quite proprietary toward it. It’s lovely to see one’s family claim a little local color.

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