Eudora Welty

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Eudora Welty (1909-2001)[1] was an American author. Her works include The Bride of the Innisfallen (1955), Thirteen Stories (1965), The Optimist's Daughter (1970), The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty (1980), and One Writer's Beginnings (1984).[2]

Life and works

Welty was born April 13, 1909 in a close family in Jackson, Mississippi.[3] She was celebrated among her fellow high-school graduates, and more so upon attending Mississippi State College, University of Wisconsin, and Columbia University.[4] She was in New York City during the Harlem Renaissance, and attended some jazz clubs, but returned to Jackson upon her father's death and worked as columnist.[5] Besides her writings, she took remarkable photographs of the Great Depression for the Works Progress Administration, of which she was a publicity agent.[6]

The rest of her life she dedicated to writing, such as A Curtain of Green (1941), short stories, The Robber Bridegroom (1942), a novella, her novels, The Ponder Heart (1954), Losing Battles (1970), and The Optimist's Daughter (1972), and her collections of short stories, The Wide Net and Other Stories (1943), The Golden Apples (1949), The Bride of Innisfallen and Other Stories, and The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty (1980).[7] During her writing career, she was known as a perpetually old, genteel woman, like an aunt or grandmother.

Most of her life is described in One Writer's Beginnings (1984). She died July 23, 2001.