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Eudora Welty and Surrealism$
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Stephen M. Fuller

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781617036736

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617036736.001.0001

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Dreaming Poured Cream Curtains in the Wide Net, and Other Stories

Dreaming Poured Cream Curtains in the Wide Net, and Other Stories

(p.72) 3 Dreaming Poured Cream Curtains in the Wide Net, and Other Stories
Eudora Welty and Surrealism

Stephen M. Fuller

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter focuses on Robert Penn Warren and his study, and defense, of Eudora Welty. Warren responds to accusations leveled at Welty’s excessive style and obscurity by advancing his thesis that despite the fact that A Curtain of Green and The Wide Net showed a “good deal of the falsely poetic” and some “hocus-pocus,” both works fundamentally conform to a pattern derived from a conscious method and a developing narrative technique that provides for the realization of the author’s ideas. His influential essay “The Love and the Separateness in Eudora Welty” has shaped the critical response to Welty and for good reason. Warren illuminates a key preoccupation of Welty’s: how to minimize the cost and maximize the gain that life’s isolation and intimacies afford.

Keywords:   excessive style, obscurity, Robert Penn Warren, the falsely poetic, hocus-pocus

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