The Golden Apples by Eudora Welty
New York : Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1949. First edition. Hardcover. 244 pages ; 20 cm. $3.00 dust jacket. Jacket loose into two pieces. Quarter size piece of jacket spine tail is missing. Other than that the book is in near fine condition with firm binding, clean and unmarked pages.
The Golden Apples
Miss Welty's new work of fiction is the chronicle of a town she calls Morgana, Mississippi. We see the people and the events of Morgana from differing points of view and at different periods of time. Mrs. Fate Rainey— "Miss Katie"—begins the chronicle, in her own words, with the story of King MacLain, Snowdie MacLain, and their twins. The story ends forty years later with a majestic account of Mrs. Rainey's funeral, at which King Mac-Lain ("they all knew he was next") is a mourner.
With compassion, humor, and insight, Eudora Welty endows her characters with almost magical qualities of folk myth. There is Mattie Will Holifield, with whom King MacLain has his Jovian way in Morgan's Woods; Virgie Rainey, who plays the piano in the picture show ("DEPOSIT REQUIRED FOR GOING IN TO TALK" ); Eugene Macain, one of the twins, who wanders to San Francisco; Jinny Love, who decides at the end of vacation at Moon Lake that she and Nina will always be old maids; little Loch Morrison, through whose boy's eyes we watch the goings-on next door in the piano teacher's house; Miss Perdita Mayo, who declares: "I'm a woman that's been clear around the world in my rocking chair." They are all part of the dreamlike and, at the same time, realistic world of Eudora Welty's creation.
In The Golden Apples Miss Welty again displays rare gifts of craftsmanship that have won her recognition as one of America's most distinguished prose stylists. She more than fulfills what Katherine Woods once described as "Eudora Welty's winged talent-there is gusto here, there is sound folk quality."
Praised for Eudora Welty
"An extraordinarily talented writer . . . She writes exquisitely; she creates a world." —LEWIS GANNETT
"I don't imagine that anyone who is on the lookout for anything new and great in writing can by now have overlooked the work of this young American, or that anybody susceptible to the magic of writing can have forgotten hers, once met." —ELIZABETH BOWEN
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