In the field of modern American writing, Eudora Welty's name bears the hallmark of greatness. In her latest volume of short stories, Mississippi set, Miss Welty writes on kaleidoscopic planes; her style is at once erratic, nervous, calm, sinister, surrealistic, passionate, atmospheric, deadly real or just plain beautiful. Ostensibly these are short stories but actually the volume becomes a series of soldered, cold-clear incidents pinned together by the same locale and the same people. There is the delightfully conversational, astute Shower of Gold; the complex, subtle June Recital which presents the pathetic figure of a music teacher named Miss Eckhart,- her sensitivity, her shyness, her aberrations, her hallucinations. Moon Lake is a horror tale in the best miasma-swamp tradition and as a sideline, gets the fibers of the adolescent mind. The symbolic Music from Spain takes place in San Francisco and creates a dream world on the city's streets as two friends find unspoken release together... All of these stories are perceptive, intelligent, thoroughly creative and deserving of critical appreciation.