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 Eudora Welty

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Eudora Welty Famous memorial

Birth
Jackson, Hinds County, Mississippi, USA
Death
23 Jul 2001 (aged 92)
Jackson, Hinds County, Mississippi, USA
Burial
Jackson, Hinds County, Mississippi, USA
Plot
Section 2, Lot 68, "new cemetery"
Memorial ID
23294 View Source

Pulitzer Prize Recipient Author. Known for her short stories and novels, she received the award in 1973 for her fiction 1972 novel, "The Optimist's Daughter". Her works centered primarily in the American South during the mid-20th century. Born in Jackson, Mississippi, her father was an insurance executive and her mother taught school, who cultivated her love for reading. Following high school, she studied at the Mississippi State College for Women (now Mississippi University for Women) in Columbus, Mississippi from 1925 until 1927, then transferred to the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Wisconsin, where she graduated in 1929 with a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature. She then went to New York City to study advertising at Columbia University but was unable to obtain steady employment. In 1931 she returned home and worked at a local radio station and also began writing about her home town society for the Memphis newspaper Commercial Appeal. Four years later, she found a job with the Works Progress Administration (WPA) as a publicity agent, and began collecting stories, conducting interviews, and taking pictures of daily Mississippi life. In 1936 she published her first short story, "Death of a Traveling Salesman." After three years with the WPA, she decided to become a full-time writer. In 1941 she published her short stories "A Worn Path," "A Curtain of Green," and "Petrified Man," followed by her first novella "The Robber Bridegroom" in 1942. Her other noted short story collections include "Music from Spain" in 1948, "The Golden Apples" in 1949, "The Bride of the Innisfallen and Other Short Stories" in 1955, and "The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty" and "Moon Lake and Other Stories," both in 1980. Her other novels include "Delta Wedding" in 1946, "The Ponder Heart" in 1954, and "Losing Battles" in 1970. Her autobiographical essay, "One Writer's Beginnings" in 1983 was on the New York Times Best Seller list for 32 weeks and was a runner-up for the 1984 National Book Award for Nonfiction. During her life, she received numerous honors and awards, including three first place O. Henry awards 1942, 1943, and 1968, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1969, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1980, the National Medal of Arts in 1986, the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letter and the Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award both in 1991, the Rea Award for the Short Story in 1992, the Charles Frankel Prize, National Endowment of the Humanities in 1993, the French Chevalier de la Legion d'honneur in 1996, and the America Award in 2000. She was also awarded honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois and Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Virginia. She died of natural causes at her family home in Jackson, Mississippi at the age of 92. Her portrait, painted by Mildred Nungester Wolfe is on display at the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC.

Pulitzer Prize Recipient Author. Known for her short stories and novels, she received the award in 1973 for her fiction 1972 novel, "The Optimist's Daughter". Her works centered primarily in the American South during the mid-20th century. Born in Jackson, Mississippi, her father was an insurance executive and her mother taught school, who cultivated her love for reading. Following high school, she studied at the Mississippi State College for Women (now Mississippi University for Women) in Columbus, Mississippi from 1925 until 1927, then transferred to the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Wisconsin, where she graduated in 1929 with a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature. She then went to New York City to study advertising at Columbia University but was unable to obtain steady employment. In 1931 she returned home and worked at a local radio station and also began writing about her home town society for the Memphis newspaper Commercial Appeal. Four years later, she found a job with the Works Progress Administration (WPA) as a publicity agent, and began collecting stories, conducting interviews, and taking pictures of daily Mississippi life. In 1936 she published her first short story, "Death of a Traveling Salesman." After three years with the WPA, she decided to become a full-time writer. In 1941 she published her short stories "A Worn Path," "A Curtain of Green," and "Petrified Man," followed by her first novella "The Robber Bridegroom" in 1942. Her other noted short story collections include "Music from Spain" in 1948, "The Golden Apples" in 1949, "The Bride of the Innisfallen and Other Short Stories" in 1955, and "The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty" and "Moon Lake and Other Stories," both in 1980. Her other novels include "Delta Wedding" in 1946, "The Ponder Heart" in 1954, and "Losing Battles" in 1970. Her autobiographical essay, "One Writer's Beginnings" in 1983 was on the New York Times Best Seller list for 32 weeks and was a runner-up for the 1984 National Book Award for Nonfiction. During her life, she received numerous honors and awards, including three first place O. Henry awards 1942, 1943, and 1968, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1969, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1980, the National Medal of Arts in 1986, the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letter and the Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award both in 1991, the Rea Award for the Short Story in 1992, the Charles Frankel Prize, National Endowment of the Humanities in 1993, the French Chevalier de la Legion d'honneur in 1996, and the America Award in 2000. She was also awarded honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois and Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Virginia. She died of natural causes at her family home in Jackson, Mississippi at the age of 92. Her portrait, painted by Mildred Nungester Wolfe is on display at the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC.

Bio by: William Bjornstad


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"For her life, any life, she had to believe, was nothing but the continuity of its love." - The Optimist's Daughter


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  • Added: 23 Jul 2001
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 23294
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/23294/eudora-welty: accessed ), memorial page for Eudora Welty (13 Apr 1909–23 Jul 2001), Find a Grave Memorial ID 23294, citing Greenwood Cemetery, Jackson, Hinds County, Mississippi, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave .