Annette Trefzer and Suzanne Marrs will be speaking on Eudora Welty and Hubert Creekmore. October 6 at 11:30 a.m. in Special Collections in the Library. Dr. Trefzer was asked to give some background on her upcoming discussion.
I am excited to share my research on Eudora Welty and Hubert Creekmore on Thursday in The Library Brown Bag Series. I am especially pleased to speak with Dr. Suzanne Marrs about personal and literary connections between Welty and Creekmore. Dr. Marrs is Eudora Welty’s biographer and a personal friend of the author; she knows just about everything about the Mississippi writer’s life.
We will be talking about Welty and Creekmore because they were good friends and related to each other by marriage when one of Eudora’s brothers, Walter Welty, married Middy Creekmore, the sister of Hubert Creekmore. Though less well known than Eudora, Hubert was also a writer of poetry and fiction; he was an editor, translator, and reviewer, what people used to call a “literary man.” He is two years older than Eudora and initially was a literary adviser to her when she began writing fiction. He helped make the editorial connection that saw her famous first short story “Death of a Traveling Salesman” into print in 1936. Creekmore and Welty were very good life-long friends, and later when Creekmore lived in New York City after his service in World War II, Welty often visited him there.
Hubert Creekmore who lived in Eudora’s Belhaven neighborhood in Jackson when they were young writers during the Depression was born in Water Valley, MS where I currently live. Last year in October, the residents of Water Valley in conjunction with the Arts Council and help from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and our own University of Mississippi Special Collections celebrated Hubert Creekmore’s literary achievements by dedicating an official state marker to him. You can visit it in front of his birth house on 114 Panola Street.
For our talk, Dr. Marrs will speak about the connections between the Welty and Creekmore families, and I will be looking at the literary achievements of both authors, specifically their major novels Delta Wedding (1946) by Welty and The Welcome (1948) by Creekmore. Neither Creekmore nor Welty ever married and my talk will focus on the ways marriage is depicted in their novels.