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Eudora Welty

Dates: April 13, 1909 - July 23, 2001

Born in Jackson, Mississippi, she attended the Mississippi College for Women, graduated from the University of Wisconsin (1929) and studied advertising at Columbia University for a year. Her first short story appeared in 1936, and gradually she began to be published in small, then regional and general circulation magazines. She published collections of her short stories and began publishing novels, as well.

Soon after her first novel was published, she stopped writing to care full-time for her family for fifteen years: for two brothers with severe arthritis and her mother who had had a stroke. After her mother died in 1966, she returned to writing.

She was a 6-time winner of the O. Henry Award for Short Stories, and her many awards include the National Medal for Literature, the American Book Award, and, in 1969, a Pulitzer Prize.

She was also an accomplished and published photographer. But it is for her fiction, usually set in the rural South, that she's known as the First Lady of Southern Literature.

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About Eudora Welty

  • Categories: writer
  • Places: Mississippi, United States
  • Period: 20th century

Also on this site


  • Welty, Eudora. One Writer's Beginnings. 1984.
  • Welty, Eudora. Complete Novels. 1998.
  • Welty, Eudora. Stories, Essays and Memoir. 1998.
  • P. W. Prenshaw, ed. Conversations with Eudora Welty. 1984.

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