Occasions: Selected Writings

Occasions: Selected Writings

by Eudora Welty
     
 

Occasions is a celebration of the short works of one of America’s most beloved writers. To mark the centennial of Eudora Welty’s birth, Pearl Amelia McHaney has collected more than sixty pieces by Welty (1909–2001) that are largely unknown and have not been reprinted since their first appearances in magazines, journals, newsletters, and

Overview

Occasions is a celebration of the short works of one of America’s most beloved writers. To mark the centennial of Eudora Welty’s birth, Pearl Amelia McHaney has collected more than sixty pieces by Welty (1909–2001) that are largely unknown and have not been reprinted since their first appearances in magazines, journals, newsletters, and newspapers.

The gathering includes one of Welty’s earliest stories, “Acrobats in the Park”; a self-analysis of her art printed in the Twenty Photographs portfolio; a recipe for Aunt Beck‘s Chicken Pie served up in the novel Losing Battles; and a parody of Edmund Wilson’s scurrilous New Yorker review of one of William Faulkner’s late novels. These occasional essays, tributes, stories, and comments will delight readers and reveal more of the genius of a favorite author deeply engaged with her people and their customs.

In these pieces Welty put pen to paper for just causes: electing honorable officials, selling war bonds, promoting reading and the arts. Her sophistication and insight resonate in tributes to Isak Dinesen, Flannery O’Connor, and Walker Percy as well as in reviews of sculpture, painting, dance, and photography, and in her candid remarks about her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Optimist’s Daughter. Her sly humor emerges in “Women!! Make Turban in Own Home!,” a delightful parody of projects suggested in Popular Mechanics. Written between the 1930s and the 1990s, these fictions, essays, commemorations, reviews, and salutes reveal the sparkling imagination of a celebrated writer who continues her hold on a wide audience through these newfound pleasures.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Welty's signature trait of establishing a sense of place is displayed in this collection-compiled by McHaney, who has edited collections of Welty's book reviews (A Writer's Eye) and photographs (Eudora Welty as Photographer) as well as other books on the author-of more than 60 informal essays, stories, speeches, and a few favorite recipes. In "Women!! Make Turban in Own Home!" Welty parodies how Popular Mechanics encouraged expanding the expected functions of an object. She describes how fairy tales influenced her writing career, and her vast interest in the arts is displayed in her reviews on, e.g., the work of American dancer Martha Graham and the photographs of William Eggleston. In various letters to the editor in response to criticisms of works by Southern writers such as William Faulkner and Reynolds Price, Welty defends their sense of place. In a 1955 essay, she blames radio soap operas and TV for children's lack of interest in reading. Welty's wit and wisdom shine through. Recommended for academic libraries.
—Joyce Sparrow

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604732641
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Publication date:
03/28/2009
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

Eudora Welty is the award-winning author of many novels and story collections, including ,Losing Battles, The Ponder Heart, The Robber Bridegroom, The Golden Apples and A Curtain of Green and Other Stories.

Pearl Amelia McHaney is associate professor of English at Georgia State University and editor of several books on Eudora Welty, including Eudora Welty: Contemporary Reviews, Eudora Welty: Writers' Reflections upon First Reading Welty, and A Writer's Eye: Collected Book Reviews by Eudora Welty.

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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