Thursday, February 21, 2019

Eudora Welty

To the left I've posted the cover of an 1986 anthology of critical writings on this month's author, Eudora Welty.  The cover illustration is inspired by our story, "A Still Moment," whose characters -- the preacher Lorenzo Dow, the artist and naturalist J. J. Audubon, and the bandit James Murrell -- were real historical personages.

Welty has written in her memoir One Writer's Beginnings that "A Still Moment" is a "fantasy in which the separate interior visions guiding three highly individual and widely differing men marvelously meet and converge upon the same exterior object."  That object: the white heron depicted in the lower right.