Welty and the Last Spa

The brevity of Welty’s introduction to Hosford Fontaine’s, Allison’s Wells, The Last Mississippi Spa, 1889-1963 (Muscadine Press: Jackson, Mississippi, 1981) speaks volumes. The story of Allison’s Wells finds its expression here as well as in Norma Watkins’ The Last Resort: Taking the Mississippi Cure (University Press of Mississippi: Jackson, Mississippi, 2011). Few places in Mississippi are the subject of such divergent narratives.

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