I was listening to the program Here and Now on public radio about a week ago and there was a very good segment on visiting Eudora Welty’s home in Jackson, Mississippi. The piece had recordings of Welty speaking of her writing, her childhood in that house and reading snippets of novels and stories. The host discussed Welty’s influence on southern writers and how, along with William Faulkner, her writing defined life in the south in the early and mid decades of the 20th century.
I realized I’d only read one Welty story, probably in college or soon after, and I wanted to read more. The Library of America seemed the obvious place to go to obtain the works I wanted.
Complete Novels by Eudora Welty [Library of America volume # 101, 1998 clothbound, new copy] – fiction. The Robber Bridegroom, Delta Wedding, The Ponder Heart, Losing Battles, The Optimist’s Daughter.
Stories, Essays & Memoir by Eudora Welty [Library of America volume # 102, 1998 clothbound, new copy] – fiction. Contains A Curtain of Green and Other Stories, The Wide Net and Other Stories, The Golden Apples, The Bride of Innisfallen and Other Stories, selected essays and the memoir One Writer’s Beginnings.
Obviously I’m not going to read all this in great gulps, but plan to dip into the short stories and then tackle a novel. Once I’ve done that, I’ll decide how to proceed.
I finished the story collection Constellation, Vol. 2 by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. That made two very thick collections of Liaden Universe stories I’d read, back to back and after that I need a break. Just in time here comes Left Coast Crime (see previous post) and some immersion in mystery fiction. I’ll take a book or two, as always, to the con but expect to pick up something there. For the time being, some mystery short stories will suffice.
What new did you get, what have you been reading?