Tracing Welty

Between 1940 and 1943, Eudora Welty set several stories and a novella along the Natchez Trace. She also wrote about this historic roadway in her 1944 essay, "Some Notes on River Country." Taking a cue from Digital Yoknapatawpha and like projects, Tracing Welty maps Welty's references to the Trace and uses historical materials to place them in different interpretive contexts. When complete, the project will include maps for each work. This map presents an index of the historical materials Welty consulted in writing "A Still Moment."

Map: Mitchell's Reference & Distance Map Of The United States, 1834 courtesy of the David Rumsey Map Collection.

Works Cited

Audubon, John James. Ornithological Biography. Edinburgh, Adam and Charles Black, 1838.

Audubon, John James. The Birds of America, 5 vols. Adam Black, 1831-49. Library of Congress, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

Brawley, Benjamin. “Lorenzo Dow.” The Journal of Negro History, vol. 1, no. 3, 1916, pp. 265-275. Documenting the American South, Accessed 18 Feb. 2021.

Brookhart, Mary Hughes, and Suzanne Marrs. “More Notes on River Country.” Welty: A Life in Literature. Edited by Albert J. Devlin, University Press of Mississippi, 1987, pp. 82-95.

Coates, Robert. The Outlaw Years. New York, The McCaulay Company, 1930.

Devlin, Albert. “From Horse to Heron: A Source for Eudora Welty.” Notes on Mississippi Writers, vol. 10, 1977, pp. 62-68.

Dow, Lorenzo. Vicissitudes in the Wilderness; Exemplified in the Journal of Peggy Dow. 5th ed., William Faulkner, 1833. Internet Archive, owp_0/vicissitudesinwi00dowp_0.pdf. Accessed 18 Feb. 2021.

Dow, Lorenzo. History of a Cosmopolite; Or the Four Volumes of Lorenzo’s Journal, Concentrated in One. John C. Totten, 1814. Google Books, Accessed 18 Feb. 2021.

Fletcher, Ryan L. “Lorenzo Dow.’ Mississippi Encyclopedia, Center for the Study of Southern Culture, 10 Jul. 2017. Accessed 9 Jun. 2022

Life and Adventures of John A. Murrell, the Great Western Land Pirate. H. Long & Brother, 1848. Google Books, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

Marrs, Suzanne. “Eudora Welty’s Snowy Heron.” American Literature, vol. 53, no. 4, January 1982, pp. 723-725.

Marrs, Suzanne. One Writer’s Imagination: The Fiction of Eudora Welty. Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University Press, 2002.

Marrs, Suzanne. Eudora Welty: A Biography. San Diego, Harcourt, 2006.

Prenshaw, Peggy. “Coates’s Outlaw Years and Welty’s A Still Moment.” Notes on Modern American Literature, vol. 2, 1978, pp. 17.

St. John, Horace. Life of Audubon, the Naturalist of the New World. J.B. Lippincot and Co., 1884.

Thompson, Victor H. “The Natchez Trace in Eudora Welty’s ‘A Still Moment.'” The Southern Literary Journal, vol. 6, no. 1, 1973, pp. 59-69.

Walton, Augustus Q. A History of the Detection, Conviction, Life and Designs of John A. Murel, The Great Western Land Pirate. 1836.

Warren, Robert Penn. “The Love and the Separateness in Miss Welty.” Kenyon Review, vol. 6, no. 2, 1944, pp. 246-259.

Welty, Eudora. One Writer’s Beginnings. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press, 1995.

Welty, Eudora. The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty. New York, Harcourt, 1980.