Fairy Tale of the Natchez Trace

Jackson: Mississippi Historical Society, 1975.

Price: $950.00

Hardcover. First edition. Thin 12mo. Boards. Subtitled: A Paper Read at the Annual Dinner Meeting of the Mississippi Historical Society, Jackson, Mississippi, March 7, 1975. Top corner a bit bumped, a small stain on the front cover, spine slightly sunned, a near fine copy. A nice presentation copy, Inscribed by Welty to her editor, close friend, and co-dedicatee of *The Ponder Heart*, Mary Lou Aswell: "For Mary Lou and Agi with my love and Christmas wishes, from Eudora, December, 1975." One of 1000 copies printed. *Polk* A21.1.

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Fairy Tale of the Natchez Trace. Eudora WELTY.

Eudora Welty
birth name: Eudora Welty
born: 4/13/1909
died: 7/23/2001
nationality: USA

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Biography

American short-story writer and novelist whose work is focused with great precision on the regional manners of people inhabiting a small Mississippi town that resembles her own birthplace and the Delta country. - Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literaturemore

Collecting tips:

A well-known poet of our acquaintance used to refer to Eudora Welty as "Aunt Meatloaf." When queried about it, his justification was "Well, everyone likes meatloaf, don't they?" This may be more true of Welty than meatloaf in an increasingly vegetarian world, but he made his point. Welty's first two real books A Curtain of Green (1941), a collection of stories; and The Robber Bridegroom (1942) are both very scarce in fine condition, with the latter title, an amusing fairy tale of sorts, always in demand. Her third book, a collection of short stories, of wartime vintage The Wide Net (1943) is just as scarce, but if you can find it with the pink spine-lettering unfaded, or barely so, it jumps up to rare in our estimation. Preceding publication of A Curtain of Green, an advance excerpt from the book called The Key was issued by the publisher. It is a rarity, and expensive when found, but surprisingly not that eagerly sought. Welty has participted in the publication of a number of limited and signed editions. Our favorite, and one of the scarcest is A Sweet Devouring (1969), a short but evocative essay about her youthful obsession with books and reading.

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