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Civil Rights in the White Literary ImaginationInnocence by Association$
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Jonathan W. Gray

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617036491

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617036491.001.0001

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“The Whole Heart Of Fiction”

“The Whole Heart Of Fiction”

Eudora Welty Inside the Closed Society

(p.72) Chapter Three “The Whole Heart Of Fiction”
Civil Rights in the White Literary Imagination

Jonathan W. Gray

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter focuses on the writer Eudora Welty, and how she published very little between 1955 and 1970, a period that coincides with the emergence of the Civil Rights Movement as the dominant political and social thought in the United States. The only manuscript Welty produced within the period, which was also a trying time in her life, was a brief children’s story called The Shoe Bird. Welty could not focus on her writing because of her demanding mother, who drove away the homecare nurses that Welty hired, and it was only when Welty was able to free herself from her familial duties that she was able to get back to writing. When she did, she produced her two finest novels: Losing Battles and The Optimist’s Daughter.

Keywords:   civil rights movement, Eudora Welty, social thought, Losing Battles, Optimist’s Daughter

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