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In her now-famous introduction to this first collection by a then-unknown young writer from Mississippi named Eudora Welty, Katherine Anne Porter wrote that "there is even in the smallest story a sense of power in reserve which makes me believe firmly that, splendid beginning that it is, it is only the beginning." Porter was of course prophetic, and the beginning was splen...more
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Published October 4th 1979 by Mariner Books (first published 1941)
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The Book Description: In her now-famous introduction to this first collection by a then-unknown young writer from Mississippi named Eudora Welty, Katherine Anne Porter wrote that "there is even in the smallest story a sense of power in reserve which makes me believe firmly that, splendid beginning that it is, it is only the beginning." Porter was of course prophetic, and the beginning was splendid. A Curtain of Green both introduced and established Eudora Welty as in instinc...more
Melki
'Why I Live at the P.O.' is still my favorite short story of all time. (Sorry, Shirley Jackson. You know I love you, too.) I first read it in college, and read it again in this collection. There's just something about this wacky tale of a young woman pushed SO far by her family, she leaves home to live at the post office, that tickles my fancy. Whatever that is.

Here's a wonderful collection by a consummate storyteller. Her characters are just bursting with life. They are traveling salesmen, beau...more
Amanda
Yes, MOAR THIS! I have a weakness for Southern Lady Writers and Eudora! You are my poppet. A Curtain of Green was her first collection of stories, but it lacks that "author's first work" taste. This woman has that magical ability to be both Very Literary and Very Entertaining (a dual set of talents that so many Serious Authors seem to lack). The tales are unpretentious, hopeful, realistic and totally Southern. Eudora is quoted in the introduction as saying "I haven't a literary life at all...But...more
Chad

A Curtain of Green and Other Stories is Eudora Welty’s first book, and this beautiful collection of short fiction, originally published in 1941, marks the beginning of a long, distinguished literary career. This is a book I’ve reread and taught several times, and each time I revisit these stories, I feel as if I’m catching up with an old friend. As is the case with outstanding fiction, I also see new elements in the stories each time I reread them. I recommend this collection for its diversity...more
Duffy Pratt
In Annie Hall, Woody Allen explains how he thinks everyone can be divided up into the horrible and the miserable. In these stories, Welty puts a sharp focus on the horrible, but leaves some room for the merely miserable.

The writing is strong. Often, I found myself impressed with how good the writing was. At other times, I felt like she was trying too hard, and it was like slogging through a mire of similes. But usually, on a sentence by sentence level, and even paragraph by paragraph, I thought...more
Annie
sigh. i truly think this collection of short stories has ruined other books for me for the last three months.

where to begin? eudora is so terrific at the art of the short story. she says little of what she is really thinking, but creates tongue-in-cheek plots and characters that set your mind on fire with possibilities. i think of each of her short stories as a sort of mystery tale. in her mission to expose the american south for all its dirty beauty she is both mercilessly cruel, as well as ir...more
Larry Bassett
Jun 25, 2011 Larry Bassett rated it 2 of 5 stars Recommends it for: people who live in 'the South' of the U.S.
Recommended to Larry by: the southern author Reynolds Price
I read this book of short stories as a part of The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty. It was her first book of short stories, published in 1941. Hard to believe that this was written 70 years ago based on reading the words.

This was my first reading of Eudora Welty. I found the book on my parents' bookshelf but didn't read it until I discovered she lived in and wrote about Mississippi. Her being a southern author attracted me to her. I think I will have to read more of her work to decide if I li...more
Michelle
I picked this up because years ago I had enjoyed Delta Wedding. It found it sweetly poetic, a delicate glimpse into the drowsy-hot Mississippi summer of a motley family. The tone was perfect for a little girl observing the bustle of her elders around her. Plot was secondary to an evocation of southern life, but that worked for the novel.

Unfortunately, Eudora Welty's short stories held none of that charm for me. The tone that was so perfect for a little girl running around underfoot seemed confu...more
Jennifer
I picked this up in conjunction with One Writer's Beginnings. It's Welty's earliest short story collection, and a number of the stories are mentioned in her memoir. Three I knew and enjoyed reading again after many years: "Petrified Man," "Why I Live at the P.O." and "A Worn Path." I was also impressed by "A Piece of News" and "The Whistle." The other dozen stories I did not like. Welty has a knack for characterization, but the story plots frequently seem thin, and more than once I found myself...more
Vanessa Wu
What lifts a piece of writing out of the ordinary and makes it great? What does immortal prose look like? Why do some stories lodge in your heart and never go away?

Eudora Welty knows. She writes of ordinary people and ordinary things but they resonate with extraordinary power:

"Night fell. The darkness was thin, like some sleazy dress that has been worn for many winters and always lets the cold through to the bones. Then the moon rose. A farm lay quite visible, like a white stone in water, among...more
Leslie
These stories don't quite pack the emotional or lyrical wallop of Katherine Anne Porter or Faulkner short stories, but they are still enjoyable and beautiful nonetheless. What I love about Welty is that she is entirely unpretentious and straightforward in her portrayal of life in rural Mississippi. She shows the heart and the beauty but never shies from exposing the dysfunction and even violence lurking just below the surface of seemingly normal families, towns, lives. I always feel a special co...more
Andrew
Having a literary Southern parent, I've been hearing about Eudora Welty pretty much since birth. So I figured I'd start with her early short stories, which I found to be very much in the mode of melancholic-Southern-women-around-World-War-II (see Carson McCullers, Flannery O'Connor, Katherine Anne Porter, etc.), which is okay by me. The degree of quality does vary a bit, but on the whole, it's a pretty solid collection. Every story is possessed with a sort of Gothic, subtropical, almost magical-...more
Harry Taylor
The book as a collection of short stories was alright. There was a lot of what I would call "pulp fiction" type stories. But there are some REALLY GOOD stories as well that exhibit Weltys ability to create memorable characters in just a few pages. Some of my favorites and recommended stories include: "A Worn Path", "The Whistle" and especially "Why I Live at the P.O.", just to name a few. I would recommend this to anyone with an appreciation for (Southern)women writers or and Southern rural life...more
MicheleinNJ
Skimmed through this book of short stories rather quickly; need to read them again, and possibly again. Seems like the kind of writing you get something new from each time. Picked it up at the thrift shop because I obviously recognized Eudora Welty's name. Once I finished reading the stories, though, my immediate thought was "What's all the fuss about?" The stories seem at first glance to be simplistic, but while I might not be smart enough to get their depth the first time around, I am smart en...more
Casey
Welty is so skilled at describing people. Every story has a new way of rendering characters physically. They are all so sharp and original. These stories remind me of home and crack me up, even as some have a sinister lining.
Jasonlylescampbell
Eudora Welty is an incredible writer. I have heard high praise of her work by Walker Percy and been interested knowing they were friends (liked to talk about Days of Our Lives together Ha!) It took me a few stories to get used to her style, but her ability to drop you into a world and cover so many different types of characters is amazing. From this collection I loved Death of a Traveling Salesman, Worn Path, Clytee, Why I Live at the PO and A Visit of Charity the most.
Joyce
Some of these I had read before, but most were new. I've dipped into Welty before but I don't think I've ever appreciated the range of her writing as much as in this collection. From outrageous humor to thoughtful, insightful drama, these stories cover a range of emotions and writing styles. She was a favorite of my mother-in-law, and I should have explored her earlier. A wide-ranging and intriguing collection of stories set in the South.
Courtney
Welty, Eudora
The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty

In compilation only.

1) Lily Daw and the Three Ladies
2) A Piece of News
3) Petrified Man
4) The Key
5) Keela, the Outcast Indian Maiden
6) Why I Live at the P.O.
7) The Whistle
8) The Hitch-Hikers
9) A Memory
10) Clytie
11) Old Mr. Marblehall
12) Flowers for Marjorie
13) A Curtain of Green
14) A Visit of Charity
15) Death of a Traveling Salesman
16) Powerhouse
17) A Worn Path
Anne Monfort

Curtain of Green is a collection of short stories by Eudora Welty. These stories are all beautifully written with rich details and descriptions. But, they’re also really boring and confusing. Most of the stories were totally pointless and didn’t seem to have a plot at all. For writers, these stories showed a lot about how to use symbolism and metaphors but beyond that, they just weren't any fun to read.
Andrea
Eudora Welty's range is staggering. During the first part of the book, I floated along the right back-and-forths of her Southern characters, all brought to life brilliantly by Welty. In the second section, I found myself dog-earing corner after corner to mark the passages that just lifted me up and away -- there is no other way to say it. I can't wait to read more from her.
Amber
Welty is an incredible author who specialty is clearly short story writing. She can capture a moment in time so eloquently, like a bug encased in amber. My favorite stories are the ones with little to no dialog, where she exposes the innermost thoughts and aspirations of those portrayed. A great read for commuting.....
Larry Boggan
Excellent southern writer. I have admired her work since college days. Highly recommended for all readers.
Raelene
Welty's stories are beautiful - and often disturbing - but always refreshingly real, symbolic and thoughtful. Her prose is poetic and her descriptions fresh and bright and often totally unexpected but exactly appropriate. Fantastic collection.
Cindy Marsch
Welty is amazing, and I think it's interesting that my favorite stories in this collection are ones not usually anthologized: "The Key," "The Whistle," "Death of a Traveling Salesman," "A Memory." These are very powerful stories.
Bayneeta
Great sense of time and place with interesting characters. I prefer her short stories to her novels, or at least to Delta Wedding which is probably the only one of her novels I've read. "Why I Live at the P.O." remains my favorite.
Eric
There are many unforgettable moments and images and a cool balance between cerebral weirdness and plain, spot on descriptions that are super forceful and could not be any other way. Don't see that often.
Marsia
Eudora Welty never fails to satisfy. I usually dislike descriptive passages, but when it comes to her descriptions, I read and savor every word, which she chooses like a poet does.
Keri Daskam
This book was a masterful display of the short story genre. Every story was like a punch to the stomach. Sometimes lovely, sometimes terrible-- I'm seriously hooked on Eudora Welty.
Leigh
I can read Welty in small doses--I like her almost Lawrentian sense of how the metaphysical erupts out of the mundane--but if I read too much at once, I feel a little... over-saturated.
Susan Howson
My first Eudora Welty experience and a nice counterpoint to all my Edith Wharton finery... And that's what the Year of North vs. South is about! Contrasting settings and styles!
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Eudora Alice Welty was an award-winning American author who wrote short stories and novels about the American South. Her book The Optimist's Daughter won the Pulitzer Prize in 1973 and she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among numerous awards. She was the first living author to have her works published by the Library of America.

Welty was born in Jackson, Mississippi, and lived a sig...more
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