Eudora Welty (April 13, 1909 – July 23, 2001) was an American writer whose work spanned several genres — novels, short stories, and nonfiction. Much of her writing focused on realistic human relationships — conflict, community, interaction, and influence. As a Southern writer, a sense of place is an important theme running though her work, as well.
Welty published her first short story, “The Death of a Traveling Salesman” in 1936; after that she found it easier to sell her stories to various publications. Her story also caught the attention of Katherine Anne Porter, who became a mentor to Welty. Her first collection of short stories, A Curtain of Green and Other Stories, was published in 1941.
In addition to writing she had books of her photography published, which highlighted people of different economic and social classes during the Great Depression. Welty won many awards for her writing, among them, a Pulitzer Prize, an American Book Award, and six-time winner of the O. Henry Award for Short Stories.
More about Eudora Welty on this site
- An Interview with Eudora Welty (1946)
- Eudora Welty: 7 Thoughtful Ideas on the Art of Reading
- 10 Inspiring Thoughts on Writing from Eudora Welty
- Dear Literary Ladies: How can I tell if what I’m writing is any good?
- The Optimist’s Daughter
- Delta Wedding
- A Curtain of Green and Other Stories
- Losing Battles
- The Shoe Bird
- The Golden Apples
Autobiographies and Biographies about Eudora Welty
- One Writer’s Beginning
- Eudora Welty: Stories, Essays & Memoir
- Eudora Welty: A Biography by Suzanne Marrs
- A Daring Life: A Biography of Eudora Welty by Carolyn J. Brown
- Eudora Welty Foundation
- The Eudora Welty Society
- Reader discussion of Welty’s books on Goodreads
- Welty page on Amazon
Articles, News, Etc.
- Eudora Welty and William Maxwell: Food, Friendship, and Letters
- New Exhibit Explores Fairytale and Myth in Welty
- A Lesson from Young Eudora Welty’s Impossibly Charming Job Application
to The New Yorker
Visit and research
- The Eudora Welty Foundation
- Eudora Welty Papers – Louisiana State University Library
- Eudora Welty House and Gardens
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