Eudora Welty as Photographer

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A centennial consideration of the great author's vision as expressed in her renowned photography
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Overview


A centennial consideration of the great author's vision as expressed in her renowned photography
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604732320
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 3/28/2009
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Eudora Welty

Eudora Welty's photographs have been collected in Country Churchyards; One Time, One Place: Mississippi in the Depression: A Snapshot Album; Photographs; and other books from University Press of Mississippi.

Pearl Amelia McHaney is associate professor of English at Georgia State University and editor of A Writer's Eye: Collected Book Reviews by Eudora Welty (published by University Press of Mississippi).

Sandra S. Phillips is the author of monographs on photographers Martin Parr, John Gutmann, and Helen Levitt.

Deborah Willis, professor at the Tisch School of the Arts, is a leading historian of African American photography. Her books include Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits and Family, History, Memory: The Recording of African American Life.

Biography

Although she traveled extensively and lived in various places during her extraordinary literary career, short story writer and novelist Eudora Welty seemed always to return to Jackson, Mississippi, the beloved hometown where she spent most of her adult life and where she undoubtedly drew inspiration for her pitch-perfect regional fiction.

Born into a happy, close-knit family on April 13, 1909, Welty attended Mississippi State College, graduated from the University of Wisconsin, then moved to New York in 1930 to attend Columbia's business school for advertising. A year later, her father's death brought her home. She worked locally in radio, wrote articles for a newspaper, and served as a publicity agent for the WPA throughout rural areas of the state. (A gifted photographer, Welty shot a number of remarkable candids at this time which were later published in the 1978 collection One Time, One Place: Mississippi in the Depression.) A few of her stories appeared in small literary magazines in the late 1930s, but it was not until the following decade that her career took off. Her first short fiction collection, A Curtain of Green, and a debut novella, The Robber Bridegroom, were published respectively in 1941 and 1942.

Although Welty has penned some wonderful full-length novels (The Ponder Heart, Losing Battles, The Optimist's Daughter), it is her short stories -- peopled with peculiar, colorful eccentrics who maintain an undeniable charm in spite of their grotesquerie -- that have cemented her reputation as one of our finest regional writers. During her long literary career she accrued dozens of honors, including multiple O. Henry Awards, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Pulitzer Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, France's Legion of Honor, and dozens of honorary degrees. On July, 23, 2001, she died peacefully in her home in Jackson, Mississippi. She was 92 years old.

Good To Know

  • Welty worked for a year at The New York Times Book Review, where she wrote about war-related topics under the pseudonym "Michael Ravenna."

  • In 1964, Welty published her one and only story for children, The Shoe Bird.

  • Culled from a series of lectures she delivered at Harvard, Welty's memoir, One Writer's Beginnings, was published in 1984.

  • So legendary was Welty's "niceness" that her agent Timothy Seldes told a wonderful, apocryphal story at her funeral. Supposedly, as the author lay on her deathbed, her doctor leaned over and asked "Eudora, is there anything I can do for you?" Her rumored reply? "No, but thank you so much for inviting me to the party."
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      1. Date of Birth:
        April 13, 1909
      2. Place of Birth:
        Jackson, Mississippi
      1. Date of Death:
        July 23, 2001
      2. Place of Death:
        Jackson, Mississippi
      1. Education:
        University of Wisconsin

    Table of Contents

    The Observing Eye Pearl Amelia McHaney McHaney, Pearl Amelia 3

    Photographs 27

    Eudora Welty and Photography Sandra S. Phillips Phillips, Sandra S. 69

    Eudora Welty: The Intrepid Observer Deborah Willis Willis, Deborah 81

    Chronology 85

    Index of Photographs 93

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