Eudora Welty - Biography
Eudora Welty (1909 - )
Commentary by Karen Bernardo
Eurora Welty's fiction chronicles the South by lovingly revealing the eccentricities of its people.
She was born in Jackson, Mississippi to strict but loving middle-class parents. Welty's upbringing was
conventional, if rather sheltered; because she was bright and her parents could afford it, it was taken for granted
that she would go to college, so after high school she went to the Mississippi State College for Women at Columbus,
the University of Wisconsin, and the Columbia University School of Advertising. Even as a very young woman, she
enjoyed writing fiction, but did not expect to make a career of it.
However, one of the most important boosts to her fiction-writing career turned out to be a job doing public
relations for the WPA during the Depression. As part of this job she traveled around Mississippi taking photographs
of her fellow Southerners. This sparked the inspiration for her first book of short stories.
Welty's fictional style, sharp at times and lush at others, often features an ending or a twist that takes the
reader by surprise. Her stories are often even comic, although her satire is never mean. The short stories of
Eudora Welty invariably reveal a concern with values, and often love -- not romance, and certainly not sex, but our
boundless yet often frustrated need for meaningful contact with one another.
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Collected Stories of Eudora
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