This omnibus volume by one of the South's greatest writers includes stories published prior to 1980. Stories are as good in themselves and as influential on the aspirations of others as any since Hemingway's. The breadth of Welty's offering is finally most visible not in the variety of types--farce, satire, horror, lyric, pastoral, mystery--but in the clarity and solidity and absolute honesty of a lifetime's vision.
No doubt, this is a metric ton of short stories. I like Ms. Welty quite a bit, although one thing that was rather alarming is that early on in this mammoth volume, I realized I love, oh, 90% of her early stories, when her writing is more straightforward, and then increasingly smaller percentages of her later stories (with the noted exception of the Maclean series). Which are still good, but not luuurve on my part per say.
Recommended: Very much, although you'd need to be very committed to the idea of Eudora Welty to read this straight through. Upon reflection, this might have been better if I read some, and then went back later to read others.