Eudora Welty’s short story on Medgar Evers’ death: ‘From the Unknown’

I’ve reposted the editor’s note on the original version of Eurdora Welty’s short story.  You can follow the link below to get the full story.

Editor’s note: Eudora Welty was so angry about Medgar Evers’ assassination in Jackson on June 12, 1963, that she wrote a short story ultimately titled, “Where Is the Voice Coming From?” and published it in the July 6, 1963, New Yorker. Here, a half century later, is an early draft of that story, prepared before Byron De La Beckwith was arrested, before the New Yorker requested that names of real people and places be changed, and before Welty decided upon many other revisions to the text.

This version has never been printed in any magazine or newspaper. The story’s narrator-assassin assaults readers with repugnant language, revealing the deep hatred that has deformed his soul and made him a killer.

Read the full short story in its original format here.

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One thought on “Eudora Welty’s short story on Medgar Evers’ death: ‘From the Unknown’

  1. In the preface to THE COLLECTED STORIES OF EUDORA WELTY, the author wrote, “That hot August night when Medgar Evers, the local civil rights leader, was shot down from behind in Jackson, I thought with overwhelming directness: Whoever the murderer is, I know him: Not his identity, but his coming about, in this time and place. That is, I ought to have learned by now, from here, what such a man, intent on such a deed, had going on in his mind. I wrote his story – my fiction – in the first person: about that character’s point of view I felt, through my shock and revolt, I could make no mistake.”

    A great short story.

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