Pearl McHaney, one of America's top scholars on the life and work of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Eudora Welty, will present an illustrated talk at 7 p.m. tonight in the Columbus Public Library, 3000 Macon Road.
Welty was born in 1909 in Mississippi and lived in the state most of her life. Her first book, "A Curtain of Green," was published in 1941. She received two Pulitzer Prizes for her work stories and novels, and her novels include "The Optimist’s Daughter" and "Losing Battles." Along with William Faulkner, she is considered to be among the finest writers to come out of the American South in the 20th century.
McHaney, an associate professor English at Georgia State University, will focus on the interaction of Welty's life experiences and how she reworked many of them into her stories. This year is the 100th anniversary of Welty's birth.
She has written several acclaimed books about Welty. This year, two of her new studies about the author have been published by the University Press of Mississippi. "Occasions" is a selection of 60 of Welty's writings that were unpublished in book form and "Eudora Welty as Photography," that examines her 1930s photography.
McHaney is also the editor of "A Writer's Eye: Collected Book Reviews, and Writers' Reflections Upon First Reading Welty," and is editor of "The Eudora Welty Review." She has been a lecturer at conferences devoted to Southern literature and presented a series of programs about Welty's work at Atlanta's Georgia Center for the Book.
Tonight's program is free. Copies of some of McHaney's books will be available for purchase.