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Eudora Welty published five novels or novellas, as well as essays, memoirs, poetry, and a book for children, but her short stories are her most admired works. Her work spans the last forty years of the twentieth century. She stands out among white writers from the southern USA in her fictional engagement with the lives and the voices of black people, but her reputation short-changes her in one way. She is often remembered as quirky, humorous, and soft-centred, whereas in fact her rendering of the lives of poor people of both races has a marked political edge.
13 April 1909 Eudora Welty was born in Jackson, Mississippi, USA, the second of five children born, the eldest of the three who survived, and the only girl. Bibliographic Citation link.
18 August 1949 EW published a fourth short-story collection, The Golden Apples, in which characters co-exist within a sequence of interconnected stories set in the fictional town of Morgana, Mississippi. Bibliographic Citation link.
6 July 1963 EW's story "Where Is the Voice Coming From?", which first appeared on this day in The New Yorker, was written in response to the shooting of the civil rights leader Medgar Evers, and is told in the voice of a white racist killer. Bibliographic Citation link.
15 March 1969 EW's novella The Optimist's Daughter was published in The New Yorker. It did not appear in volume form until, after much revision and discussion, a limited edition was issued on 23 March 1972. Bibliographic Citation link.
23 July 2001 After many years of fading health and memory, EW died of cardiopulmonary failure in a hospital in Jackson, surrounded by family. Bibliographic Citation link.
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