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...

First published in 1939 as an early indication of Eudora Welty’s promise as a leading figure in Southern realism, “Petrified Man” has gone on to a legacy as one of the most anthologized and studied short stories of her extensive canon. The irony...

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...

Sharing its name with tale by Brothers Grimm, The Robber Bridegroom was noted short story writer Eudora Welty’s first novel, published in 1942. A mélange of myth and legend with generous allusions to tales both fairy-based and folk-based, Welty...

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...