Eudora Welty: “Loving Observer”

4/13: Born on this day in Jackson, Mississippi in 1909, writer Eudora Welty first worked for the Works Progress Administration during the Depression. Her work during that period included photography, and her images depicting the rural poor at that time have received acclaim and provided the basis for some of her stories. Welty’s short story “Death of a Traveling Salesman” was published in 1936, followed by a collection of stories “A Curtain of Green”, in 1941. The recipient of multiple “First Place” O. Henry Awards, Welty was given the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for “The Optimist’s Daughter” in 1973 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1980.

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