Monday, April 24, 2017

U - Eudora Welty

I have the complete works of Eudora Welty. The idea of reading a bit of her writing with a portion of Flannery O'Conner's book "The Habit of Being" about an hour before sunrise and my house is quiet. And like a pianist playing an impassioned, loud piece of music, I start typing my masterpiece. You're never too old to dream or embellish in my case.

The reality is at 5 am, I call my brother on his cell phone and tell him to get up. Usually, I go back to sleep. My two dogs know we don't wake the house up until daylight comes. It gets light outside at about 6:30 am. But pandemonium happens when we get up. We have a pack of chihuahua mixes that can create a cacophony that I am sure startles the dead for their three mile run and my half mile stroll.

Upon return, all dogs go to their daytime beds in the house and I take my brother to the bus that will take him to the workshop he attends. Then I feed the hounds which concludes with another walk. I cook breakfast for the others in the house. I assist my sister with her morning rituals before she eats. Since I have energy in the morning, I do chores. Somehow during this time, I've taken the garbage out, tossed the scrap bowl in the front field, washed dishes, made coffee, and a couple of odds and ends like starting a load of clothes in the washer.

So the books sets primly on a bookcase. I have read several of Eudora Welty's short stories. Being a Southerner, so much written about the South seems a bit overdrawn and false. But the characters drawn by Welty probably existed somewhere besides Welty's mind.

Welty was known as well for her photography as for her writing. A sense of place tells part of her stories which melds with keen observations of how people relate to one another. Welty employs mythological symbolism in her work.








5 comments:

  1. This is another author I think I want to try reading.

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  2. Hi Ann - Eudora Welty - good name for an author .. and I'm sure I've come across her name before ... must be the Eudora - an uncommon name ... but a great U for today ... love the photos of all the animals - cheers Hilary

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  3. What adorable dogs! Love the black and white ones, they look a lot like my little terrier mix who is sleeping beside me right now.
    That is an usual name. I may have to jot that one down for future character use. :)
    Discarded Darlings - Jean Davis, Speculative Fiction Writer, A to Z: Editing Fiction

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  4. A little cheat U haha but sounds like a great one indeed. The pups are all having fun as around they run.

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  5. This makes me want to read Welty. I don't know enough about the deep South to judge how much of literature about the region is overdrawn. It's good to know where to turn if I want an accurate picture.

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