Politics and the White Southern Woman Writer by Jon Smith Eudora Welty and Politics: Did the Writer Crusade? Edited by Harriet Pollack and Suzanne Marrs. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 2001. 208 pp. $42.95 Revising Flannery O'Connor: Southern Literary Culture and the Problem of Female Authorship. By Katherine Hemple Prown. Charlottesville: UP of Virginia, 2001. 208 pp. $35.00 Even we shall lie enfolded in perspective one day: what we hoped along with what we did, what we didn't do, and not only what we were but what we missed being, what others yet to come might dare to be. For we are our own crusade. Before ever we write, we are. -- Eudora Welty, "Must the Novelist Crusade?" A telling confusion between novels and novelists lurks at the heart of Eudora Welty's famous essay "Must the Novelist Crusade?" Of s course good novels do not crusade, but that's not the point: good novelists frequently do. Welty must have known--to cite but two examples-- s of Zola's campaign for Dreyfus and, more immediately, Katherine Anne Porter's crusading for Sacco and Vanzetti. Yet when Welty allegedly receives a midnight call "over long distance" from a "stranger" who asks "All right,
The Southern Literary Journal – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Jan 11, 2004
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