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Eudora Welty Centennial---Let's head for Mississippi

Posted on: Apr 7, 2009 @ 10:40:43 am

Were you assigned to read the fabulous short story, Why I Live at the P.O., when you were in high school? Some hilarious insights into the life of a small town Mississippi family may have made you smile and think about your own family and friends. Did the oddly happy ending of The Wide Net leave you wondering about the young couple at the center of the story?

These stories by Eudora Welty (1909-2001) will always be part of our American literary heritage. April 13, 2009 marks the centennial of the birth of Eudora Welty in Jackson, MS. So it’s a great time to revisit her stories and novels, and Mississippi, where they all take place.

In the UCF Catalog, search for Eudora Welty as an author, to find her works, or as a subject, to find biographical and critical works about her. Or check the list of Databases at http://library.ucf.edu/Databases/ to find Literature Resource Center or MagillOnLiterature to find more criticism, plot summaries, and biographical information.

It has been said that you owe it to yourself to read great literature three times: as a young person, in middle life, and in maturity. Your knowledge deepens your insight into the work, as well as your enjoyment. Now that’s something Eudora Welty might agree with.

So sit back, relax, and travel to Mississippi with Eudora Welty.

Photo from MagillOnLiterature by Richard O. Moore.

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