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.
Eudora Welty Biographies, Articles
- Welty Eudora - The Columbia Encyclopedia
- Welty, Eudora - Encarta Encyclopedia
- Eudora Welty - Encyclopedia Britannica
- Meeting Miss Welty - interview
- For Unauthorized Biographers, the World Is Very Hostile - about writing her biography
- Happy Birthday, Miss Welty - Salon article
Eudora Welty Works
- Eudora Welty (PAL): List of works, bibliography, photographs
- "Why I Live at the P.O."
- Audio Special - Eudora Welty at the 92nd St. Y - includes Welty reading sections of "Why I Live at the P.O.," "Powerhouse" and "A Worn Path"
- "A Worn Path" (1941 story, The Atlantic Monthly
- Eudora Welty Reviews Charlotte's Web (1952)
- Eudora Welty Reviews J.D. Salinger's Nine Stories (1953)
- Eudora Welty Reviews V. S. Pritchett's Selected Stories (1978)
Criticism, Reviews of Eudora Welty's Works
- Eudora Welty (PAL: Paul Reuben)
- The Bride of the Innisfallen and Other Stories
- A Curtain of Green
- Delta Wedding
- The Eye of the Story
- Losing Battles
- One Time, One Place
- The Optimist's Daughter
- The Ponder Heart
- The Robber Bridegroom
More About Eudora Welty
Eudora Welty: Teaching Plans
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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