1909 - 2001

A Worn Path



"A Worn Path, "  was first published in Atlantic Monthly  in 1941, and soon afterward was included in a book entitled The Wide Net and Other Stories.  It is the tale of an old woman's journey to town to get medicine for her grandson.  The journey is not easy for an old woman, who shakes her cane at the bushes to scare out the animals who might get underfoot, gets caught by thorns, and falls into a ravine, unable to get up until a young hunter happens by and gives her a hand.  The story received an O. Henry prize.

Themes to consider:  duty, racism, guilt, symbolism, conflict, love.


To use these databases from home, you will need your NHMCCD Library Card number.
Literature Resource Center - Biographical and critical information about Welty and "A Worn Path."
MLA - An index to articles in scholarly literary journals.  Some are full text.  Others may be on microfiche in the library.
NetLibrary - You will find six full text books by or about Welty.
Academic Search Premier - Full text journal articles.


REF PN3373 .S3844, Vol. 2.  Short Stories for Students.  Critical overview, criticism, context and themes.
REF PN3335.S5  Vol. 27 Short Story Criticism. Gathers many criticism from journals, essays, and books.
REF PN3326 M27 1986, Vol. 6.  Masterplots II, Short Story Series.  A summary of the story.
REF PN3321 .C8 1993, Vol. 6.  Critical Survey of Short Fiction.  An overview of Eudora Welty's short stories.


Eudora Welty - Biography from the Mississippi Writers Page.
The Eudora Welty Newsletter - Brief biography, awards, and a bibliography of her works.

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