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Teaching the Works of Eudora WeltyTwenty-First-Century Approaches$
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Mae Miller Claxton and Julia Eichelberger

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496814531

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496814531.001.0001

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Teaching the Art of Welty’s Letters

Teaching the Art of Welty’s Letters

(p.17) Teaching the Art of Welty’s Letters
Teaching the Works of Eudora Welty

Julia Eichelberger

University Press of Mississippi

With much of Welty’s correspondence now available, we can use Welty’s remarkable letters in our classrooms as introductions to Welty’s fiction and as literary gems in their own right. Drawing from several recent collections and other publications that quote Welty’s correspondence, instructors may provide letters for students to explore alongside Welty’s fiction. Welty’s letters document her daily life and artistic development, often in language matching the playfulness, lyricism, and wit of Welty’s other published work. Students glimpse Welty’s mind at work, growing more accustomed to poetic qualities of her fiction. This activity suits survey courses with a short time to study Welty as well as upper-level courses. Letters also offer a wide range of research opportunities for students and scholars, from tracking down historical references in letters to reading and transcribing the many still-unpublished letters by Welty in the Eudora Welty Collection of the Mississippi Department of Archives & History.

Keywords:   Correspondence, Lyricism, Humor, Artistic development, Mississippi Department of Archives & History

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