American Collection Educator's Website

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Created: 2001


American Collection Educator's Website
Summary: "THE PONDER HEART is the first film adaptation of one of Eudora Welty's most delightful works. Welty, whose eccentric and intensely personal vision of the south marks her as one of our strongest 20th century writers, created a world of stubborn individuals - such as Uncle Daniel Ponder in THE PONDER HEART - that comprise a significant addition to the trove of American fictional characters. In Welty's work, tone is an essential component, not only creating the world through which her characters move, but also informing the reader's attitudes. Although an author's tone is often the most difficult thing to capture on film, ALT's executive producers Marian Rees, Anne Hopkins , and Stephen Kulczycki went to significant lengths to incorporate it into the motion picture, filming on location in Welty's home town - often within sight of her house - and using her neighbors as cast members. Even the score was written by a Mississippian, Van Dyke Parks. The film's educational value was enhanced on the educator's Web site,, with materials generated by teachers all over the country. THE PONDER HEART premiered October 15, 2001 on PBS as part of ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre's American Collection."--2001 Peabody Awards entry form.

This is the Educator's Website for the American Collection. Includes resources on The Ponder Heart by Eudora Welty; The Americans by Henry James; A Death in the Family by James Agee; Almost a Woman by Esmeralda Santiago; The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather; and Cora Unashamed by Langston Hughes. Sections include The Series; American Literature Resources; "Between the Lines" Student Magazine; and The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

Corporate Producers: ALT Films | WGBH (Television station : Boston, Mass.) | Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)

Broadcast Date: 2001

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