Historical Context

Life in the South
The small town of Mount Salus represents the gentility and social life of the traditional South....

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The Optimist's Daughter Literary Style

Perhaps because The Optimist's Daughter is a short novel, Welty includes elements of contrast to...

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The Optimist's Daughter Literary Techniques

As in her earlier work, Welty displays an outstanding eye for detail and ear for dialect, which contributes to the believability of her...

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The Optimist's Daughter Social Concerns

Like her fellow Mississippian William Faulkner, Eudora Welty deals with the conflicting behavioral codes of the waning southern gentry and...

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The Optimist's Daughter Compare and Contrast

1970s: After the death of a loved one, the family has the choice of having the body viewed at home or at the funeral parlor....

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The Optimist's Daughter Topics for Further Study

Consult psychology textbooks and journals on the subject of grief. From a psychological point of view, how would you evaluate Laurel's ways...

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The Optimist's Daughter Related Titles

Perhaps the clearest parallel to The Optimist's Daughter is Welty's first full-length novel, Delta Wedding (1946). Both works...

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The Optimist's Daughter Media Adaptations

Random House has produced two audio-book adaptations of The Optimist's Daughter, an unabridged version in 1986 and an abridged version...

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The Optimist's Daughter What Do I Read Next?

Eudora Welty (Modern Critical Views: Contemporary Americans) (1986), by noted literary scholars Harold Bloom and

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The Optimist's Daughter Bibliography

(Masterpieces of American Fiction)

Champion, Laurie, ed. The Critical Response to Eudora Welty’s Fiction. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1994. In her introduction, Champion presents an overview of the criticism on Welty’s fiction. Five separate essays by different scholars are devoted to various aspects of The Optimist’s Daughter. Includes a helpful bibliography of works for further reading.

Fuller, Danielle. “ Making a Scene’: Some Thoughts on Female Sexuality and Marriage in Eudora Welty’s Delta Wedding and The Optimist’s Daughter.The Mississippi Quarterly 48 (Spring, 1995): 291-318. A study of how Welty’s female...

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The Optimist's Daughter Bibliography and Further Reading

Bailey, Beth, "Manners and Etiquette," in Encyclopedia of American Social History, Charles Scribner's...

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