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  The Optimist's Daughter The Optimist's Daughter is a compact and inward-looking little novel, a Pulitzer Prize winner that's slight of page yet big of heart. The optimist in question is 71-year-old Judge McKelva, who has come to a New Orleans hospital from Mount Salus, Mississippi, complaining of a "disturbance" in his... Read more

  One Writer's Beginnings Fiction writer Eudora Welty had a few things going for her from the start. First off, she grew up in the American South. Southern novelists seem to be born storytellers. Secondly, there was a lot of religion floating around her childhood town of Jackson, Mississippi, in the early 1900s. Religion is... Read more

  Collected Stories of Eudora Welty As a short story writer, as a Southern writer, Eudora Welty is simply the best. Her writing is beautiful, but also complex--as are her characters. In a story of just a few pages, she can create a whole world and make a character come so alive that that character remains with you for days or even a... Read more

  Eudora Welty : Complete Novels This Library of America volume gathers all the long fiction published by the beloved Mississippi writer Eudora Welty. Throughout her long and storied career, Welty has been most famous, perhaps, for her short stories. But it's in her novels that she attempted some of her most ambitious and powerful... Read more

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