Eudora Welty holds a prominent position among Southern writers, receiving critical attention in publications that scan a wide range of interests. Journals that specialize in American literature, journals that publish general essays, and journals that focus on Southern literature frequently include articles about her works. Her writings have been included in anthologies and have been adapted for the stage and television. This book traces the evolving critical response to her fiction. In a lucid introductory essay, Champion presents an overview and summarizes the body of criticism on Welty's fiction. The rest of the volume presents representative selections of criticism from the initial reception of Welty's work to the present day. The selections are grouped in chapters devoted to Welty's principal writings. Her fiction is treated chrologically, and the selections within each chapter are also arranged in chrological order. Thus the book charts the development of Welty criticism over an extended period of time. A bibliography of works for further reading completes the volume.
Laurie Champion is a PhD candidate at the University of North Texas. Her articles have appeared in The Southern Literary Journal and The Explicator, and she is the editor of The Critical Response to Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn (Greenwood Press, 1991).