Review Of "A Writer's Eye: Collected Book Reviews" Edited By P. A. McHaney And "Daughter Of The Swan: Love And Knowledge In Eudora Welty's Fiction" By G. L. Mortimer

Document Type

Book Review

Publication Date

Fall 1996

Published In

Mississippi Quarterly


On a 1943 novel about Uruguay by Enrique Amorim, the author of The Robber Bridegroom writes: "among the scenes burned into the mind is the blind gaucho's story of the night he spent in the tree, while the flooding river ran and humped like a bucking horse below him, while the tree itself was a Noah's ark of refugees, wildcats and snakes and himself all clinging there together" (p. 13). The issue of how to define the American women's tradition within which and against which Welty wrote has been examined by readers as different as Peggy Prenshaw, Nina Baym, Carol Manning, Louise Wesding, Susan V. Donaldson, or Rachel Blau DuPlessis, many of whom are represented in an excellent anthology of essays edited by Carol S. Manning, The Female Tradition in Southern Literature (Illinois, 1993), that has a broad historical scope and is filled with insightful references to Welty's fiction in this broader context.

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