The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty

The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty

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by Eudora Welty, Barbara Rosenblat, Gabra Zackman, Marc Vietor
     
 

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One of the truly great works of twentieth-century American literature, Eudora Welty’s Collected Stories confirms her place as a contemporary master of short fiction. Welty wrote prolifically over the course of her long career, but the heart and soul of her literary vision lay with the short story. The forty-one pieces reproduced here, written over a period of

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One of the truly great works of twentieth-century American literature, Eudora Welty’s Collected Stories confirms her place as a contemporary master of short fiction. Welty wrote prolifically over the course of her long career, but the heart and soul of her literary vision lay with the short story. The forty-one pieces reproduced here, written over a period of three decades, include “Petrified Man,” “Why I Live at the P.O.,” “The Wide Net,” and “The Bride of the Innisfallen.” “I have been told,” Welty writes in the introduction, “both in approval and in accusation, that I seem to love all my characters.” The characters that spring to life in this masterwork reveal the depth and breadth of her love.

“The richness of such talent resists a summing up . . . She is always honest, always just. And she is vastly entertaining. The stories are magnificent.” —Maureen Howard, The New York Times Book Review

“Eudora Welty is one of our purest, finest, gentlest voices and this collection is something to be treasured.” —Anne Tyler, The Washington Star

“The ironic tenderness of Chekhov, the almost feral edge of Maupassant, the ominousness of Poe and Bierce, the lacy strength of Henry Green. She is probably the finest Mozartian stylist writing in the English language.” —Mary Lee Settle, Saturday Review

“The breadth of Welty’s offering is finally most visible not in the variety of types — farce, satire, horror, lyric, pastoral, mystery — but in the clarity and solidity and absolute honesty of a lifetime’s vision.” —Reynolds Price, The New Republic

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455857678
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
11/15/2011
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 5.50(h) x 2.30(d)

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I was getting along fine with Mama, Papa-Daddy and Uncle Rondo until my sister Stella=Rondo just separated from her husband and came back home again. Mr. Whitaker! Of course I went with Mr. Whitaker first, when he first appeared here in China Grove, taking "Pose Youself" photos, and Stella-Rondo broke us up. Told him I was one-sided. Bigger on one side than the other, which is a deliberate, calculated falsehood: I'm the same. Stella-Rondo is exactly twelve months to the day younger than I am and for that reason she's spoiled.
—from "Why I Live at the P.O."

Meet the Author

EUDORA WELTY (1909-2001) was born in Jackson, Mississippi, and attended the Mississippi State College for Women, the University of Wisconsin, and Columbia University (where she studied advertising). In addition to short fiction, Welty wrote novels, novellas, essays, and reviews, and was the winner of both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
April 13, 1909
Date of Death:
July 23, 2001
Place of Birth:
Jackson, Mississippi
Place of Death:
Jackson, Mississippi
Education:
University of Wisconsin

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The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are a lot of different kinds of fiction writers, so it's really impossible to claim one as the 'Best,' but for my money Eudora Welty wrote some of the best fiction America has ever produced. From a pure storytelling level, Eudora Welty can only be equaled, never bested, and even then only rarely. Maybe you don't get the action and genre fireworks found elsewhere, but you get more humanity, though without gross sentimentality. Her characters are the most precisely drawn I have ever read and her plots are real, never overbearing. She will always be at the top of my list, bar none.
binaryplumber More than 1 year ago
This will now be the fourth time I've purchased this book for myself in my lifetime. I give it away, or lose it all over. I would buy it again just for the story 'Powerhouse'. One of my favorites in the English language. Maybe I be back for a fifth. I hope they sell this in the afterlife. I'd buy it there too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was first introduced to Eudora Welty in college and I find her writing a continual joy. Its a must for teen reading, or any reader in any season of their life.
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Rip off.