Summer 1946 • Vol. VIII No. 3 Book ReviewsFebruary 6, 2023 |

Delta Fiction: a review of “Delta Wedding” by Eudora Welty

Delta Wedding by Eudora Welty. Harcourt, Brace. $2.75. Miss Welty's stature as an artist increases continually. We knew her last as the author of "The Wide Net” and its companion short stories, and very substantial these short stories were. She gave us rural characters who contrasted with the norms of their society by being earthy, and scandalous; they were pagans, descendants of the people in myths and folk-tales. Robert Penn Warren described their curious behaviors in this light. Their role was to retain the primitive attitudes to nature, and their vagaries were in the service of natural religion. Each was worth a good story. But not worth a novel; quaint characters become simply and painfully repetitious in a long narrative. And now, in her fourth book, we have from Miss Welty a full-length formal novel, with a content which is really capable of sustained presentation. She writes here according to some of the solidest canons of fiction. The characters are so many as to co

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