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Faulkner and Welty and the Southern Literary Tradition$
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Noel Polk

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781934110843

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781934110843.001.0001

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The Landscape of Alienation in “Old Mr. Marblehall”

The Landscape of Alienation in “Old Mr. Marblehall”

(p.163) The Landscape of Alienation in “Old Mr. Marblehall”
Faulkner and Welty and the Southern Literary Tradition

Noel Polk

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter offers a reading of Eudora Welty’s short story “Old Mr. Marblehall,” and compares the story to Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Man of the Crowd” and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Wakefield.” All three stories are narrated by observers who find something anomalous in the behavior of a denizen of a crowded city, and who appear to take for granted some things that Welty does not. The chapter suggests that Mr. Marblehall is both a man of, and a man who feels a sense of alienation from, the crowd of Natchez, Mississippi.

Keywords:   short stories, Eudora Welty, Old Mr. Marblehall, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Wakefield, crowded city, Mississippi, alienation

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