Biography of Eudora Welty


Study Guides on Works by Eudora Welty

The Optimist’s Daughter was first presented to a once-idealistic society soured on the cynicism of assassinations, riots, and the comeback of Richard Nixon and took the form of a long short story published in the New Yorker in 1969. By 1972, an...

Eudora Welty is an American author born on April 13, 1909 in Jackson, Mississippi. As a child, she was continuously inspired by her mother, a teacher, and her father, an insurance executive. Welty’s mother instilled in her a love for reading and a...

Eudora Welty’s “Why I Live at the P.O.” was initially published in Atlantic magazine and then showed up in her 1941 collection of stories titled A Curtain of Green and Other Stories. The inspiration for the tale came during Welty’s days as a...

The winner of second prize in the prestigious O Henry Memorial Awards handed out in 1941 was a short story written by a newcomer to the world of serious American fiction, a woman straight out of William Faulkner’s backyard. That woman was Eudora...