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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Welty, Eudora, 1909-2001.
New York, N.Y. : Library of America : Distributed to the trade in the U.S. by Penguin Putnam, ©1998
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|Awards:||The optimists's daughter: Pulitzer Prize, 1973.|
|Description:||1009 pages ; 21 cm.|
|Contents:||The robber bridegroom --
Delta wedding --
The Ponder heart --
Losing battles --
The optimist's daughter.
|Series Title:||Library of America, 101.|
Complete Novels gathers all of Welty's longer fiction in one volume for the first time. In The Robber Bridegroom (1942), based on a Grimm fairy tale, legendary figures from Mississippi's past, such as the keel-boat captain Mike Fink and the savage outlaws the Harp Brothers, mingle with Welty's own imaginings in a free-ranging and boisterous fantasy set along the Natchez Trace. The richly textured Delta Wedding (1946), set against a backdrop of rural Mississippi in the 1920s, vividly portrays the intricacies of family relationships in its account of the sprawling Fairchild clan.
Edna Earle Ponder's unrestrained and delightfully absurd monologue, superb in its capturing of the rhythms of country speech, shows Welty's humor at its idiomatic best in The Ponder Heart (1954), a flight of invention culminating in a murder trial that becomes an occasion for exuberant comedy. The monumental Losing Battles (1970), composed over fifteen years, brings Welty's imaginative gifts to the largest canvas of her career, rendering a Depression-era family reunion with mythic scope and ebullient comic vigor. The volume concludes with The Optimist's Daughter (1972), a taut and moving story of a woman rediscovering the world of her childhood as she comes to terms with her father's death.
Often considered her masterpiece, it won the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 1972.
- Southern States -- Social life and customs -- Fiction.
- South (U.S.) -- Social life and customs -- Fiction.
- Manners and customs.
- Southern States.
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