Eudora Welty: A Brief Biography

April 13, 1909 – July 23, 2001

TypewriterEudora Welty was born in Jackson, Mississippi, on April 13, 1909. 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 to the University of Wisconsin in Madison for her final two years of college. 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, Tenn., Commercial Appeal, a major newspaper for northwest Mississippi. In 1936, she published her first important short story, and from that time onward her writing career expanded, and she found considerable success.

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 characters in dramatic motion. Her stories are very much created by her own art out of materials she found and was touched by, materials assembled by the artist’s eye.