About Eudora Welty

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Eudora Welty was born on April 13, 1909 in Jackson, Mississippi. Author of five novels and numerous short stories and essays, Welty’s work spans the 20th century. She is known for her intimate portraits of Mississippi life, her modernist techniques, her wit, and her vast allusions. Welty says of her own work: “What I do in writing of any character is to try to enter into the mind, heart, and skin of a human being who is not myself. Whether this happens to be a man or a woman, old or young, with skin black or white, the primary challenge lies in making the jump itself. It is the act of a writer’s imagination that I set most high.” She received a Pultizer Prize, the French Legion of Honor, the Howells’ Medal for Fiction, the Gold Medal for Fiction from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the National Medal of Freedom, and the National Medal of the Arts. Welty is also known for the photographs she took of Depression-era Mississippi (see six of these pictures below).

Welty’s works (selected):
Novels:
The Robber Bridegroom 1942
Delta Wedding 1946
The Ponder Heart 1953
Losing Battles 1970
The Optimist’s Daughter 1969

Short Story Collections:
A Curtain of Green and Other Stories 1941
The Wide Net and Other Stories 1943
The Golden Apples 1949
The Bride of Innisfallen and Other Stories 1955

Biography:
One Writer’s Beginnings 1983

Photographs:
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