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No author surpasses Eudora Welty at the craft of the story. She is our American Chekhov, our Murakami. Her vision is always Southern and acute; her tone, careful; and her insights, stunning. In a packed spate of years, she wrote some of the finest short stories of the twentieth century. Scarbrough will explore  seven weeks of tall tales, funny yarns, quiet tragedies, and exquisite fictions about the human condition, replete with a Mississippi drawl. The best of Welty’s stories will be read from the late 1930s and early ’40s before finishing up  her masterwork, the story collection called “the Golden Apples”. Participants should have a copy of “The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty,” available from the Scoville library, and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 1982.