Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Thomas L. McHaney
Eudora Welty is well-known for her many works of fiction and non-fiction, but not known for her works for the theater. In the summer of 1948 Welty moved to New York and wrote, in collaboration with another writer, a musical revue entitled What Year Is This? Only one of the sketches, “Bye-Bye Brevoort,” was ever produced. This and other sketches in the unpublished manuscript deserve to be studied alongside Welty’s other work. These writings provide a window into her love of New York, her vast knowledge of the fine arts, and the evolution of her writing styles. In January of 2010, a reading was staged at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s, Atlanta, Georgia. Audience reaction indicates that these pieces, both songs and skits, deserve more attention.
Gordon, Leslie H., "Eudora Welty's Theatrical Sketches of 1948: Summer Diversion or Lost Potential? Bye-Bye Brevoort and Other Sketches." Thesis, Georgia State University, 2010.