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At noon on Wednesday, August 15, as part of the department’s History Is Lunch series, Julia Eichelberger will present “Eudora Welty’s 1940s Letters.”

Eichelberger is the author of Tell about Night Flowers: Eudora Welty’s Gardening Letters, 1940-1949. Welty published many of her best-known works in the 1940s: A Curtain of Green, The Wide Net, The Robber Bridegroom, Delta Wedding, and The Golden Apples. During this period, she also wrote hundreds of letters to two friends who shared her love of gardening. One friend, Diarmuid Russell, was her literary agent in New York; the other, John Robinson, was a high school classmate and an aspiring writer who served in the Army in WWII, and was long the focus of Welty's affection.

“Welty's lyrical, witty, and poignant discussions of gardening and nature are delightful in themselves; they are also figurative expressions of Welty's views of her writing and her friendships,” said Eichelberger. “I hope this book not only lets readers glimpse Welty in her garden, but that it will show the brilliant and generous mind responding to the public events, people, art, and natural landscapes Welty encountered at home and on her travels during the 1940s.”

Julia Eichelberger is Marybelle Higgins Howe Professor of Southern Literature at the College of Charleston. She is the author of Prophets of Recognition: Ideology and the Individual in Novels by Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison, Saul Bellow, and Eudora Welty and articles in the Eudora Welty Review, Mississippi Quarterly, and other publications.

The program will take place in the Craig H. Neilsen Auditorium at the Two Mississippi Museums-—the Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum—-located at 222 North Street, Jackson, MS 39201. There is no charge to attend. Copies of the book will be for sale in the Mississippi Museum Store. For more information call 601-576-6998 or email


August 22—Brenda L. Travis will discuss her book Mississippi's Exiled Daughter: How My Civil Rights Baptism under Fire Shaped My Life. Sales and signing to follow.

August 29—Madee Miller will present “The Story Behind Stories Unfolded.”

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