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Eudora Welty & The Ponder Heart

Featured Author: Eudora Welty
The New York Times On the Web created this special feature on Eudora Welty with material from its archives. In addition to articles by and about Welty, and contemporary reviews of her books, the site makes available an audio recording of a reading Welty gave at the 92nd Street Y on January 22, 1953. She shared three short stories: "Why I Live at the P.O.," "Powerhouse," and "A Worn Path." Listen to the entire event, or just a selection, in RealAudio (available from the site). The New York Times on the Web is free of charge for visitors worldwide; registration is required.

The Clarion-Ledger Tribute to Eudora Welty
Eudora Welty's hometown paper, The Clarion-Ledger, remembers Jackson, Mississippi's favorite author through this wonderful collection of articles and editorials, a "How-to-Read-Eudora-Welty" primer, reader tributes and resources.

The Eudora Welty Newsletter
The Eudora Welty Newsletter contains textual analyses, discussions of Welty's work, and transcripts of awards ceremonies and speeches about the author. It is published biannually by the Department of English at Georgia State University; subscriptions are available for a small fee. The site additionally offers a short Welty biography and reference section, and the opportunity to join the Eudora Welty Discussion Group listserv free of charge.

Seeing Through Edna Earle: The Ponder Heart as Dramatic Monologue
In an article published in The Southern Literary Journal, Axel Nissen suggests an approach to interpreting The Ponder Heart that puts Welty's choice of narrative voice and perspective at the heart of understanding the novel's characters, events, and themes.

Eudora Welty, Mississippi Writer and Photographer
Part of the Mississippi Writers and Musicians Project of Starkville High School, these students have compiled lists of Welty's major works and awards, written two biographies, and reviewed three short stories: "Why I Live at the P.O.," "The Death of a Traveling Salesman," and "A Worn Path."

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The Film

Harold Lloyd Master Seminar: Martha Coolidge
The Harold Lloyd Master Seminar Series at the American Film Institute constitutes a unique oral history of directors, producers, actors, screenwriters, and others discussing their craft with a new generation of filmmakers. On February 23, 1994, Jean Firstenberg moderated a discussion with Martha Coolidge, director of The Ponder Heart.

The Peter MacNicol Page
Peter MacNicol fans will revel in this fan site. Browse articles, chat logs, reviews, film and stage credits, the photo gallery, and sound clips, as well as send postcards, play games, and more!

Movie Cameras Roll at Tiny Mississippi Church
The spectacle of filming at the Sharon United Methodist Church is described in this article by Woody Woodrick, editor of the Mississippi United Methodist Advocate.

Actress JoBeth Williams of 'Big Chill' caught antiquing
The Madison Country Journal talks to some of the cast and crew about their experiences in Canton, Mississippi.

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Mississippi and Southern Writers

The Mississippi Writers Page
This incredible internet resource has grown up around the Writer Listings, a collection of articles on each author covering biographical details, a comprehensive list of published titles, awards and honors, and additional reference sources. The site additionally features Mississippi writers in the news, literary events and landmarks, information about publishing companies in the state, and a writers' timeline. Hosted and maintained by the Department of English at the University of Mississippi.

The Idea of the South
Benjamin Schwarz, contributing editor of The Atlantic, contemplates the distinctive qualities of an American South in his review of three books that each presents its own interpretation of Southern culture.

Documenting the American South
This site is a digitized collection of hundreds of books and manuscripts, focusing on Southern history, literature, and culture from the colonial period through 1920. The collection is sponsored by the Academic Affairs Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and currently includes five digitization projects: first-person narratives, slave narratives, Southern literature, Confederate imprints, and materials related to the church in the African-American community.

Center for the Study of Southern Culture
Founded in 1977, the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi boasts an interdisciplinary curriculum that spans 10 departments within the College of Liberal Arts. This Web site includes more information on their academic program, but also features the Southern Media Archive, and three special documentary projects. "First Monday Sale and Trade Days in Ripley, MS" takes a look at the community event that's been part of Ripley's history since 1893; a picture gallery showcases "Southern Cultural Landscapes"; and "Yoknapatawpha 2000: The Changing Face of Lafayette County" is a compilation of photographs by Southern Studies Documentary Photography students. There are also links to Southern magazines and newsletters, and other Southern sites of interest.

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Bain, Robert and Joseph M. Flora, eds. Fifty Southern Writers After 1900: A Bio Bibliographical Sourcebook. Greenwood Press: New York, 1987.

Jones, John Griffin. Mississippi Writers Talking. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1982.

Marrs, Suzanne. The Welty Collection: A Guide to the Eudora Welty Manuscripts and Documents at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1988.

Rubin, Louis D. A Bibliographical Guide to the Study of Southern Literature. Baton Rouge, LA: State University Press, 1969.

Spielman, David G. Southern writers. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1997.

Sweeney, Patricia. Women in Southern Literature: An Index. New York: GreenwoodPress, 1986. Welty, Eudora. Complete Novels. New York: Library of America, distributed by Penguin Putnam, 1998.

Welty, Eudora. Eudora Welty: Photographs. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1989.

Welty, Eudora. One Writer's Beginnings. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1984.

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