Eudora Welty


Born
in Jackson, Mississippi, The United States
April 13, 1909

Died
July 23, 2001

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Eudora Alice Welty was an award-winning American author who wrote short stories and novels about the American South. Her book The Optimist's Daughter won the Pulitzer Prize in 1973 and she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among numerous awards. She was the first living author to have her works published by the Library of America.

Welty was born in Jackson, Mississippi, and lived a significant portion of her life in the city's Belhaven neighborhood, where her home has been preserved. She was educated at the Mississippi State College for Women (now called Mississippi University for Women), the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Columbia Business School. While at Columbia University, where she was the captain of the women's polo
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Average rating: 3.87 · 45,451 ratings · 4,192 reviews · 138 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Collected Stories

4.23 avg rating — 7,604 ratings — published 1980 — 31 editions
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The Optimist's Daughter

3.50 avg rating — 10,098 ratings — published 1972 — 48 editions
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One Writer's Beginnings

4.06 avg rating — 3,093 ratings — published 1983 — 30 editions
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Delta Wedding

3.64 avg rating — 2,915 ratings — published 1946 — 26 editions
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The Ponder Heart

3.60 avg rating — 1,667 ratings — published 1954 — 17 editions
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The Robber Bridegroom

3.56 avg rating — 1,267 ratings — published 1942 — 9 editions
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Why I Live at the P.O. and ...

4.24 avg rating — 921 ratings — published 1941 — 2 editions
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4.08 avg rating — 980 ratings — published 1941 — 15 editions
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The Golden Apples

3.87 avg rating — 940 ratings — published 1949 — 18 editions
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A Worn Path

3.68 avg rating — 858 ratings — published 1941 — 3 editions
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“All serious daring starts from within.”
Eudora Welty, On Writing

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“Indeed, learning to write may be part of learning to read. For all I know, writing comes out of a superior devotion to reading.”
Eudora Welty, On Writing

Polls

August 2017 Short Classic Poll

 
  55 votes, 17.2%

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, 1952, 109 pgs
 
  49 votes, 15.3%

 
  35 votes, 10.9%

 
  33 votes, 10.3%

 
  31 votes, 9.7%

 
  26 votes, 8.1%

 
  25 votes, 7.8%

 
  19 votes, 5.9%

 
  15 votes, 4.7%

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry, 1905, 30 pgs
 
  13 votes, 4.1%

The Blind Owl by Sadegh Hedayat, 1937, 108 pgs
 
  10 votes, 3.1%

A Worn Path by Eudora Welty, 1941, 32 pg
 
  9 votes, 2.8%

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