Eudora Welty’s “Asphodel” (1942)

Eudora Welty’s “Asphodel” (1942)

Momentary serenity and happiness are upended in Welty’s “Asphodel,” a humorous picnic story in which three old maids are frightened by the appearance of a naked man. Cora, Irene, and Phoebe plan a picnic at Asphodel, the former home of their recently...
Alexander Pope’s Visit to Netley Abbey (1734)

Alexander Pope’s Visit to Netley Abbey (1734)

Not having the word picnic to describe his experience, Alexander Pope’s alfresco luncheon at Netley Abbey was a happy event. (It was not until 1806 that the English began to associate alfresco meals with our familiar word picnic. As  Pope did have the word, he...