I am a writer who came of a sheltered life. A sheltered life can be a daring life as well. For all serious daring starts from within. — Eudora Welty, One Writer’s Beginnings.
In her stories and novels, Welty pays close attention to the inner lives of her characters. But she also infuses her writing with elements of mythology and folklore, tying her stories to the larger human experience. The combination makes her work both intimate and far-reaching — dreamy, yet anchored to the everyday.
Welty’s fiction is also grounded in a particular place and time. Welty, who died in 2001, lived in Jackson, Mississippi, and is known partly as a sensitive chronicler of life in the South. “It seems plain that the art that speaks most clearly, explicitly, directly and passionately from its place of origin will remain the longest understood,” Welty wrote in her 1957 essay, ‘Place in Fiction.’ She may be right.
Welty is the latest author to be featured in our “Great Authors” display. Look for her books in the library’s fiction section, or ask a librarian to help you find a title.