I finished Eudora Welty’s The Optimist’s Daughter quite quickly (it’s a pretty short novel, after all) and I’m still sort of mentally unpacking it. In retrospect, I don’t thin there’s as much to warrant a comparison with Agee as I had assumed. They’re both Southern novels with narratives around a dead person, but honestly that’s about it. Oh, and they both won Pulitzers. And neither of them has much in common with As I Lay Dying, either (although As I Lay Dying and A Death In The Family are interesting because of the ways they approach the death of a parent through the eyes of a child as a kind of secondary or tertiary POV). But like I said, I’m still chewing on it.
The Optimist’s Daughter
August 3, 2012 by Kullervo
Posted in Literature | Tagged A Death in the Family, Art, As I Lay Dying, Children, Death, Eudora Welty, Family, Fiction, James Agee, Literature, Pulitzer Prize, Southern Lit, Southern Literature, The Optimist's Daughter, The South, William Faulkner | 1 Comment
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