Eudora Welty

Eudora Welty was born in Jackson, Mississippi, on April 13, 1909, and attended the public schools there.  She published several pieces in magazines for children before she reached her teens.  From 1925-1927, she attended Mississippi State College for Women (MSCW, or the "W" as it was called) in Columbus, but transferred for her final two years of college to the University of Wisconsin in Madison.  She spent an academic year in New York City, studying at the Columbia University School of Business but attending lectures, plays, concerts, and art exhibitions as well. The untimely death of her father in 1931 prompted her return to Jackson, where she worked for the local radio station and wrote Jackson and Delta society news for the Memphis, Tennessee, Commercial Appeal, a major newspaper for northwest Mississippi.  In 1935 and 1936, she worked for Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal program the Works Progress Administration (WPA), serving as a "junior publicity agent" and traveling to many parts of Mississippi to promote road building, new airstrips, canning factories, and other efforts to bring economic progress to poor and remote rural areas of the state. In 1936 she published her first important short story, and from that time onward her writing career expanded and found considerable success, as the list of book publications below indicates.  All of Welty's writing is the product of a determined shaping imagination and a deep love and understanding for the power of carefully chosen language to evoke charactersin dramatic motion.  Her stories are very much created by her own art out of materials she found and was touched by, material assembled by the artist's eye. 


1941  A Curtain of Green (short stories). Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday Doran. 
1942  The Robber Bridegroom (short novel).  Doubleday Doran. 
1943  The Wide Net and Other Stories (short stories).  New York: Harcourt Brace. 
1946  Delta Wedding(novel).  Harcourt Brace. 
1948  Music from Spain (short story published in separate binding; limited edition).  Greenville, MS: Levee Press. (This story became a major section of The Golden Apples, published the following year.) 
1949  The Golden Apples (cycle of related stories).  Harcourt Brace. 
1954  Selected Stories of Eudora Welty.  New York: Modern Library. 
1954  The Ponder Heart (short novel).  Harcourt Brace. 
1955  The Bride of the Innisfallen and Other Stories.  Harcourt Brace. 
1957  Place in Fiction (essay; limited edition).  New York: House of Books. 
1964  The Shoe Bird (children's story).  Harcourt Brace & World. 
1965  Thirteen Stories, ed. Ruth Vande Kieft.   Harcourt Brace & World. 
1970  Losing Battles (novel).  New York: Random House. 
1971  One Time, One Place: Mississippi in the Depression, A Snapshot Album  (photographsby Welty with a fine introduction by her).  Random House. 
1972  The Optimist's Daughter (novel).  Random House. 
1978  The Eye of theStory (essays).  Random House. 
1984  One Writer's Beginnings (autobiography).  Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 
1984  Conversationswith Eudora Welty, ed. Peggy Prenshaw (collected interviews).  Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi. 
1989  Photographs, with a foreword by Reynolds Price.  University Press of Mississippi. 
1994  A Writer's Eye: Collected Book Reviews, ed. Pearl Amelia McHaney. University Press of Mississippi. 
1995  More Conversations with Eudora Welty, ed. Peggy Prenshaw.  University Press of Mississippi.