Eudora Welty Long Fiction Analysis - Essay


Eudora Welty Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Paramount in Eudora Welty’s work is the sense of what “community,” or group membership, means in the South and how it is expressed through manners, attitudes, and dialogue. Clearly, it provides a special way of seeing and responding. In Welty’s published essays and interviews, certain concerns keep surfacing—the relationship between time and place and the artistic endeavor, the importance of human relationships in a work of fiction, the necessity for the artist to be grounded in real life and yet be aware of life’s “mystery,” the value of the imagination, and the function of memory. These concerns find expression in her work principally in the tension between what is actual, what is seen and heard in a specific time...

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