Eudora Welty

eudora welty

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.

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