Eudora Welty Newsletter


Eudora Welty's Life and Bibliography

Remembering Eudora Welty (1909-2001)
By Renée Love

Her stories and photographs amazed and surprised those who knew them, but the creative work alone was not all that her friends and admirers loved: the modesty, wit, generosity, and friendship she unfailingly displayed is also is a common theme in the obituary tributes and remembrances written in honor of Eudora Welty in July of 2001. The death of a master writer may always inspire reflection, praise, and even re-evaluation of a career, but the one hundred plus articles and essays memorializing Welty as often contain anecdotes of personal experience with her-a dinner conversation, a walk through the mall, a drive from a train station, a chance meeting in the grocery or on a cruise ship, a visit in her home or in that of some charmed hostess or host. Many of the obituaries cover common ground, outlining the basic facts of her life, listing her works, summarizing her career and citing the many awards she received. The authors are mostly journalists or professional book page editors, but professors and poets, photographers and producers, fiction writers of two or three generations and politicians are heard from in quoted interviews. In the Winter 2002 issue of the Eudora Welty Newsletter, I include summaries of seventy-four cited pieces, short quotes, and information about those who were interviewed or quoted in the obituary. The entries are arranged chronologically by publication date.

Aaron, Chloe. "Eudora Welty's Deal." The New York Times 30 July 2001: A16.

Ajzenstadt, Michael. "News of the Muse." The Jerusalem Post 25 July 2001: 9.

Anders, Smiley. "Eudora Welty." The Advocate [Baton Rouge, L.A.] 25 July 2001: B1.

Angell, Roger. "Postscript Eudora Welty." The New Yorker 6 August 2001: 30.

Balkan, Evan L. "Inspiration a Legacy of Eudora Welty." The Baltimore Sun 26 July
2001: A19.

Barnes, Bart. "Writer Eudora Welty Dies: Voice of American South: Stories
Examined Drama, Humor of Human Relationships." The Washington Post 24 July 2001: B7.

Barron, Dixie Leigh. "Double Loss Enough to Send Person into a Funk." The Memphis
Commercial Appeal
30 July 2001: DS6.

Battersby, Eileen. "Speaking From the Heart." The Irish Times 31 July 2001: 10.

Bawden, Jim. "TV Version of Eudora Welty Novel Lifts Gloom." Toronto Star
15 October 2001: E2.

Binding, Paul. "Books: How a Writer Should Be." Independent on Sunday
[London] 29 July 2001: 15.

Bogan, Kate. "Southern Graces: Eudora Welty, 1909-2001." Times Literary
3 August 2001: 12.

Branson, Reed. "Friends, Fans Bid Farewell to Welty." The Memphis Commercial
27 July 2001: DS4.

Broeckman, Frances. "Looking Back to Cherokee Roses and Eudora." Mississippi
17 August 2001: 9.

Burch, Peggy. "She Saw Glory in Subtlest Nuance: Miss Welty Put Us Ever So Gently
in Our Place." The Memphis Commercial Appeal 7 October 2001: E1.

Campos, Paul. "Saying Thanks While It Matters." The Rocky Mountain News [Denver]
7 August 2001: A26.

Childress, Mark. "Recalling Miss Welty." Times Literary Supplement 3 August
2001: 12 -13.

Connelly, Sherryl. " Welty: Local Color, National Treasure." New York Daily News
24 July 2001: 32.

Craven, Peter. "Short Story Loses a Master." The Australian 1 August 2001: 39.

Culbert, David. "Remembering Eudora Welty." Times Literary Supplement
17 August 2001: 15.

Douglas, Ellen. "Welty Stories Were about Connections." The Clarion-Ledger
26 July 2001: A6.

Druckenmiller, John, and Betty Parham. "Living Online." The Atlanta Journal and
26 July 2001: D2.

Ealy, Charles. "'Southern Writer Eudora Welty Dies at Age 92." The Dallas Morning
23 July 2001: K5071.

Edgerton, Clyde. "In Memoriam 2001: Eudora Welty." Entertainment Weekly January 4, 2002: 36.

Eichenberger, Bill." To Her Credit, Welty Let Her Words Speak for Her." The
Columbus Dispatch
30 July 2001: D8.

Elliott, Jack Jr. "Pulitzer-Winning Author Eudora Welty Dies at 92." New York
Daily News
24 July 2001.

-----. "Acclaimed Author Eudora Welty Dies: Pulitzer Prize-Winner Spun
Intricate Portraits of Life in the Small Towns of Mississippi. The Times Union [Albany, NY] 24 July 2001: B7.

-----. "Pulitzer-Prize Winner Welty Dies: Her Touching Tales Brought Her
Acclaim From Critics, Peers." Dayton Daily News 24 July 2001: A3.

-----. "Noted Southern Writer Eudora Welty, at 92 Concentrated on Depicting
Small-Town Life." The Record [Bergen NJ] 24 July 2001: L16.

-----. "Welty Was Acclaimed for Depiction of South." Milwaukee Journal
Sentinel 24 July 2001: A6.

-----. "Writer of Mississippi Tales, Eudora Welty, Dies at 92: The Pulitzer
Prize Winner Was a Graduate of the University of Wisconsin." Wisconsin State Journal 24 July 2001: A3.

-----. "Storyteller, Civil Rights Killer Died in 2001." The Memphis
Commercial Appeal 29 December 2001: DS7.

Eyman, Scott. "Author's Compassion Shaped Her Characters." The Palm Beach Post
24 July 2001: A8.

Feeley, Kathleen. "Remembering Eudora Welty." America 15 October 2001: 13.

Ford, Richard. "Eulogy." Time 6 August 2001: 19.

Gardner, Marilyn. "Public Lives, Private Roles." The Christian Science Monitor
1 August 2001: 15.

Gettleman, Jeffrey. "Eudora Welty, Voice of Southern Simplicity, Dies: Her Stories of
Mississippi Illuminated the Profundity of Everyday Life." Los Angeles Times
24 July 2001: Home Edition 1.

Glendenning, Karin. "Remembering Eudora Welty." Chattanooga Times/Chattanooga
Free Press 29 July 2001: F6.

Gussow, Dave. "Cyberia." St. Petersburg Times [St. Petersburg, FL] 9 September 2001:

Harty, Kristin. "Welty's Prose Takes Pivotal Place in American Letters: Author to
be Honored in Oxford Wednesday, Buried in Jackson Thursday." The Oxford Eagle 24 July 2001: A1.

Heitman, Danny. "Remembering Eudora Welty." The Advocate [Baton Rouge, L.A.]
27 July 2001: C1.

-----. "Eudora Welty's Friendship Book." The Advocate [Baton Rouge, L.A.]
24 August 2001: C1.

-----. "More Thoughts About Friendship." The Advocate [Baton Rouge, L.A.]
31 August 2001: C1.

Herring, Lori. "'One Writer's Beginnings'…:Welty's Legacy a Childlike Wonder
of Words, Faces." The Clarion-Ledger 25 July 2001: A1, A3.

Hodgman, George. "Southern Comfort." Entertainment Weekly 607 (August 3, 2001): 19.

Hotz, Amy. "Continuing Stories: An Unfinished Manuscript, Notes for a New Novel,
Personal Letters - Some Authors' Work Is Still Going to Press for Years after They Die." Morning Star [Wilmington, NC] 13 September 2001: D1, D8.

Hyland, Mary Pat. "Eudora Welty: Web Sites Highlight Life of Acclaimed Writer." The
Clarion-Ledger 13 August 2001: E4.

"Indelible Images: Eudora Welty, who died July 23, captured the South in pictures as well as words." Smithsonian 32.7 (2001): 38-40.

Johnson, Dennis Loy. "Looking up at a Master Storyteller." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
5 August 2001: E6.

Johnson, Rheta Grimsley. "Stereotypes Obscure Mississippi's Riches." The Atlanta
Journal and Constitution 26 July 2001: D1.

Jones, Malcolm. "Southern Lady, World-Class Storyteller: Eudora Welty, April 13,
1909-July 23, 2001." Newsweek 6 August 2001: 60.

Kahn, Joseph. "A Pause to Remember Those Who Departed." The Boston Globe
31 December 2001: A13.

Keith, Don Lee. "A Vase of Zinnias for Miss Welty." The Times-Picayune 28 July
2001: 7.

Kipen, David. "Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Eudora Welty." The San Francisco
Chronicle 24 July 2001: A17.

Koeppel, Fredric. "Welty, Mississippi's Gentle Ambassador to World, Dies at 92."
The Commercial Appeal 24 July 2001: A1, A8.

Krebs, Albin. "Eudora Welty, A Lyrical Master of the Short Story Is Dead at 92."
The New York Times 24 July 2001: A1.

-----. "Eudora Welty: Shorty Story Writer Noted for Small-Town Southern
Imagery." Pittsburgh Post Gazette 24 July 2001: A11.

Lee, Hermione. "On Eudora Welty (1909-2001)." The New York Review of Books
20 Sept. 2001: 32.

Leith, Sam. "Flyleaf." The Daily Telegraph [London] 4 August 2001: 4.

Lucas, Sherry. "Author Will Always Be 'One of Us'." The Clarion-Ledger 26 July
2001: A1, A7.

Lifson, Amy. "Remembering Eudora Welty." Humanities: The Magazine of the National
Endowment for the Humanities 22.5 (Sept./Oct. 2001): 47.

Lilly, J.R. "Eudora Welty." Times Literary Supplement 7 September 2001: 17.

Lindon, Mathieu. "Eudora Welty, Grande Ecrivaine du Sud." Liberation 25 July 2001:

Marrs, Suzanne. "Eudora Welty (1909-2001)." PlanetWeekly [Jackson, Mississippi]
25 July 2001: 11.

Maxwell, Bill. "Writer Personified the Best of the South." St. Petersburg Times
25 July 2001: A13.

McCarty, Mary. "Two Were Towers of Strength." Dayton Daily News 25 July 2001:

McHaney, Pearl A. "Eudora Welty, 1909-2001." South Atlantic Review 66.4 (2001): 134-136.

McLaughlin, Chantal. "Milestones." Time International 6 August 2001: 13.

Mehegan, David. "Eudora Welty, A Voice of the South Dies." The Boston Globe
24 July 2001: A1.

Merriman, Ann Lloyd. "Between the Bookends." The Richmond Times-Dispatch."
29 July 2001. F5.

Messud, Claire. "Eudora Welty: A Quietly Magnificent American Novelist, She Captured the Nuances of Small-Town Mississippi Life." The Guardian [London] 25 July 2001: 20.

-----. "Eudora Welty." Manchester Guardian Weekly 8 August 2001: 21.

Minzesheimer, Bob. "Eudora Welty's Lyrical Prose Filled up Her 'Daring Life'."
USA Today 24 July 2001: D1.

Mitchell, Jerry. "Brisk Sales Add to Welty Tribute: Awareness of Treasured
Author Spurs Interest." The Clarion-Ledger 25 July 2001: A1, A3.

Nolan, Tom. "Driving with Miss Welty." Oxford American 41 (Fall 2001): 126-127.

"Obituaries: Welty, Eudora." Current Biography November 2001: 92-93.

"Obituary: Eudora Welty." Variety July 30 - August 5, 2001: 39.

Paddock, Polly. "Acclaimed U.S. Writer Eudora Welty Dies at 92." Ventura County
Star 24 July 2001: A3.

Patchett, Ann. "The Lives They Lived: Eudora Welty, B. 1909 Dale Earnhardt, B.
1951." The New York Times 30 December 2001: 6:40.

Patterson, James. "Missing Miss Welty." PlanetWeekly [Jackson, Mississippi]
25 July 2001: 10-11.

Patterson, Troy, and Karyn Valby. "Southern Comfort: Eudora Welty Spun Her Magical
Tales from the Stuff of Small-Town Mississippi Life." Entertainment Weekly
3 August 2001: 41.

Pettus, Gary. "'Grand Lady' Admired for Pure Voice." The Clarion-Ledger 24 July
2001: A4.

Pleasants, A.K. "Trust and Intimacy: Eudora Welty, Who Died July 23, Captured the
South in Pictures as well as words." Smithsonian 32 (7). October 2001: 38.

Pope, John. "South Was Welty's Passion: 92-year-old Writer Dies in Mississippi." The
Times-Picayune 24 July 2001: 1.

Poretto, John. "Funeral Held for Pulitzer Prize-Winning Writer Welty." Chattanooga
Times/ Chattanooga Free Press 27 July 2001: B6.

-----. "Admirers Bid Farewell to Eudora Welty." The Advocate [Baton Rouge, L.A.]
27 July 2001: B4.

-----. "Welty Works Donated to Mississippi Museum of Art." The Memphis Commercial
Appeal 27 September 2001: DS8.

Price, Reynolds. "A High Old Time (Remembering Eudora Welty)." Aperture 166 (Spring 2002): 22-31.

-----. "One Writer's Place in Fiction: Eudora Welty, at the Center of
Southern Letters." The New York Times 27 July 2001: A19, A21.

"Pulitzer Prize-winning author Eudora Welty lived as she wrote--with southern style and grace." People Weekly August 06, 2001: 85-86.

Real, Jere. "Critics Assess the Influence of Politics on Eudora Welty's Work." The
Richmond Times-Dispatch 19 August 2001. E6.

Reynolds, Susan Salter. "An Appreciation: A Dreamer and Observer Who Saw the Truth
in Small Things." Los Angeles Times 27 July 2001: Home Edition 1.

Salmon, Alice Wooledge. "Appreciation: Eudora Welty." The Guardian [London]
26 July 2001: 24.

Sandstrom, Karen. "Eudora Welty: The Artist as Reporter." The Plain Dealer 29 July
2001: I9.

Savigneau, Josyane. "Eudora Welty: L'ultime Survivante de la Generation des
Grands Ecrivains du South Americain." Carnet 26 Juillet 2001: 19.

Scheuerman, Rick. "Roll Out The Barrell… ." St Petersburg Times [South Pinellas FL]
4 August 2001: B2.

Schiff, Nancy R. "Eudora Welty." The Independent [London] 25 July 2001: 6.

Schroeder, Heather Lee. "An Open Letter to Eudora Welty." The Capital Times
[Madison, WI] 27 July 2001: A9.

Sebak, Rick. "Pondering the Heart of Eudora Welty on a Trans-Atlantic Trip."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 29 July 2001: G2.

Sharp, Iain. "Features Her Daring Life Started Within." Sunday Star Times [Auckland,
New Zealand] 29 July 2001: A7.

Simpson, Lewis P. "Some Notes on the Remembering of Remembering: Eudora Welty (1909-2001)." The Southern Review 37.4 (Autumn 2001): 831-836.

Smith, Barbara Peters. "A Death Like a Relative's Passing." Sarasota Herald-Tribune
28 July 2001: A19.

"Southern Lady, World-class Storyteller: Eudora Welty, April 13, 1909 - July 23, 2001." Newsweek August 6, 2001: 60.

Spencer, Elizabeth. "Remembering Eudora: A Chapel Hill Author Travels to Mississippi
to Say Goodbye to an Old Friend." Independent Weekly 15-21 August 2001: 41.

Straziuso, Jason. "Author Gave Voice to the South." The San Diego Union-Tribune 29
July 2001: B6.

-----. "Literary Fans Hope New Welty Works Exist." The Memphis Commercial Appeal
30 July 2001. B1.

-----. "Welty Estate Names Ford Executor: Jackson Natives Were Friends." The
Memphis Commercial Appeal 13 August 2001: DS3.

Stellman, Ben. "Miss Welty Leaves Literary Legacy to Readers." Sunday Star-News
[Wilmington, NC] 29 July 2001: D6.

Taylor, Beth. "Stories Spin Comedy, Wisdom into Moving Web of Life." The
Providence Journal-Bulletin [Providence, RI] 14 October 2001.

Thomas, Bill. "A Treasured Bouquet of Memories." The Memphis Commercial Appeal
7 October 2001: E1.

Tillotson, Kristin. "Eudora Welty: World Will Long Remember Writer Who
Forgot Herself." The Star Tribune [Minneapolis, MN] 29 July 2001: F1.

Tolson, Jay. "Optimism's Daughter." U.S. News & World Report 6 August 2001: 41.

Updike, John, Elizabeth Spencer, Fred Chappell, X.J. Kennedy, Suzanne Marrs, Maude
Schuyler Clay, Bobbie Ann Mason, William Winter, Miller Williams, and Louis
D. Rubin Jr. "Remembering Eudora Welty (1909-2001): Tributes from Some Notable Admirers." Oxford American 41 (Fall 2001): 124-126.

Walker, Kevin. "Jacksons to Unite. Hurray." The Tampa Tribune 30 July 2001: 1.

Warmbold, Carolyn Nizzi. "First Lady of Southern Literature: Eudora Welty 1909-
2001." The Atlanta Journal and Constitution 24 July 2001: A4.

Watkins, Billy. "Author Gone, but Words Live On: Eudora Welty Remembered."
The Clarion-Ledger 24 July 2001: A1, A4.

Weaver, Teresa K. "A Southern Genius and 'National Treasure'." The Atlanta
Constitution 24 July 2001: A1.

-----. "Welty Resting in 'Better bed'." The Atlanta Constitution 27 July 2001: E1.

-----. "Bidding Eudora Welty Farewell." The Atlanta Constitution 27 July
2001: A1.

Weeks, Linton. "Eudora Welty, Grand Lady of American Literature: A Southern
Writer Whose Themes Were Universal." The Washington Post. 24 July 2001: C1.

-----. "Eudora Welty Wrote Stories of the South." Toronto Star 25 July 2001: F3.

-----. "Welty's Influence Was Quiet, Powerful." Capital Times [Madison, WI]
29 July 2001: E10.

-----. "Oh, The Stories She Could Tell: Welty's Sophisticated Simplicity." The Record
[Bergen County, NJ] 29 July 2001: E2.

-----. "A Genteel Giant Who Shied Away from Nothing." Newsday [New York, NY]
29 August 2001: B8.

-----. "Welty Wrote With Humor and an Unflinching Eye." The Times Union
[Albany, NY] 29 July 2001: J1.

Wilemon, Tom. "State Planning Museum for Author Eudora Welty Home in Jackson,
Miss." The Sun Herald 20 October 2001.

Yardley, Jonathan. "Eudora Welty, Choosing Pen Over Pulpit." The Washington
Post 30 July 2001. C2.

-----. "Drawing a Line Between Novelist and Crusader." The Record
[Bergen County, NJ] 31 July 2001: L13.

Zane, Peder. "Welty's Passing: A Death in the Family." The News and Observer
[Raleigh, NC] 29 July 2001.


"Acclaimed Author Eudora Welty Dies." The Deseret News [Salt Lake City, UT] 24 July

"Author Eudora Welty Dies at 92." The Charleston Gazette [West Virginia] 24 July
2001: A8.

"Author Eudora Welty Dies at 92." Financial Times [London] 24 July 2001: 1.

"Briefly." The Hamilton Spectator 13 August 2001: C12.

"Callaway High Grad Fortner Wins Welty Writing Award." The Clarion-Ledger
13 August 2001: B5.

"Changes." The Toronto Sun 29 July 2001: 27.

"Corrections." The New York Times 25 July 2001: A2.

"Crowds File Past Welty Casket in Museum." The Memphis Commercial Appeal 26 July
2001: DS4.

"Deaths Elsewhere." The Houston Chronicle 24 July 2001: A15.

"Discovering New Welty Works Tantalizes Some." The Chattanooga
Times/Chattanooga Free Press 31 July 2001: A2.

"A Distinct Voice of 20th Century Dies with Welty." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 29 July
2001: G5.

"Eudora Welty." Liberation 24 July 2001: 27.

"Eudora Welty." The Clarion Ledger 25 July 2001: Deaths.

"Eudora Welty." The Commercial Appeal 25 July 2001: A6.

"Eudora Welty." The Scotsman 25 July 2001: 14.

"Eudora Welty." The Times [London] 25 July 2001: 14.

"Eudora Welty 1909-2001: 'She Was Absolutely Lovely'." The Oxford Eagle 26 July

"Eudora Welty." The Charleston Gazette [West Virginia] 27 July 2001: A4.

"Eudora Welty." The Times [London] 28 July 2001.

"Eudora Welty." Sunday Star-News [Wilmington, NC] 29 July 2001: E6.

"Eudora Welty." The Washington Post 29 July 2001: C5.

"Eudora Welty." Variety 30 July 2001: 39.

"Eudora Welty." The Manchester Guardian Weekly 8 August 2001: 21.

"Eudora Welty." The Economist (US) 11 August 2001: Obituaries.

"Eudora Welty: 13 April 1909-23 July 2001." Georgia Review 55 (2): Summer 2001:

"Eudora Welty, 92, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novelist." Newsday [New York, NY]
24 July 2001: A35.

"Eudora Welty Dead at 92 Mississippi Writer Made the South Come Alive." Charleston
Daily Mail [West Virginia] 24 July 2001: A3.

"Eudora Welty Dies." The Seattle Times 24 July 2001: A1.

"Eudora Welty Dies at 92." Financial Times [London] 24 July 2001: 1.

"Eudora Welty Dies at 92 in Mississippi." The Advocate [Baton Rouge, L.A.] 24 July
2001: A1.

"Eudora Welty: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Who Was Adored by Critics, Fellow
Writers, and Musicians." The Herald [Glasgow] 25 July 2001: 16.

"Eudora Welty's Daringly Sheltered Life." The New York Times 25 July 2001: A16.

"Eudora Welty's Deal." The New York Times 30 July 2001: A16.

"Eudora Welty's Sense of Place." The Tampa Tribune 25 July 2001: 14.

"Facts about Eudora Welty." The Dallas Morning News 23 July 2001: K4975.

"Fixstern im Kosmos der Suedstaaten; Zum Tod der Schriftstellerin Eudora Welty
Auswaertige Autoren." Neue Zuercher Zeitung 25 July 2001: 56.

"Fond Farewells." The Times-Picayune 30 December 2001: 5.

"For the Record: Correction." The Boston Globe 25 July 2001: A2.

"Gentle Craftsman of Southern Lives." The Advocate [Baton Rouge, L.A.] 25 July 2001:

"Gestorben Eudora Welty." Der Spiegel 30 July 2001: 174.

"Grand Lady of American Literature." Business Times Singapore 25 July 2001.

"Grant to Preserve Welty Home Sought." The Memphis Commercial Appeal
21 October 2001: DS7.

"Her Life and Accomplishments at a Glance: Eudora Welty 1909-2001." The Atlanta
Journal and Constitution 24 July 2001: A4.

"Historians Hope to Make Welty's Home a Museum." The Desert News [Salt Lake City,
UT] 24 October 2001: A2.

"Historians Seek Grant to Preserve Writer's Home." Charleston Daily Mail 23 October
2001: A10.

"Homefolks, Authors Honor Eudora Welty." The Atlanta Journal and Constitution 26
July 2001: A1.

"Hundreds Pay Respect to Author Eudora Welty." The Times Union [Albany, NY] 26
July 2001: A2.

"If You've Never Read Welty, Try a Sample of Her Writing." The Clarion-Ledger
26 July 2001: A6.

"In Brief." St. Petersburg Times [South Pinellas, FL] 26 July 2001: A10.

"A Life Lived from Within." Austin American Statesman 26 July 2001: A16.

"Listening to Eudora Welty." The Washington Post 29 July 2001: B6.

"Lives Lived: Literature." The Ottawa Citizen 30 December 2001:C4.

"Mississippi: Author's Home to Be Museum." The New York Times 23 October 2001: A18

"Mississippi Author Eudora Welty, 92, Dies." Chattanooga Times/Chattanooga Free
Press 24 July 2001: A2.

"Milestones." Time 6 August 2001: 19.

"Milestones." Time International 6 August 2001: 14.

"Nation in Brief." St. PetersburgTimes [South Pinellas, FL] 27 July 2001: A11.

"Netwatcher." The Atlanta Journal and Constitution 29 July 2001: Q2.

"Newsmakers." The Houston Chronicle 13 August 2001: A2.

"Obituaries." Variety 30 July 2001: 39.

"Obituary of Eudora Welty Author Whose Tales of Life in Mississippi Won the Pulitzer
Prize and Were Compared with the Work of Virginia Woolf." The Daily Telegraph [London] 25 July 2001: 25.

"Painted Life With Words." Herald Sun 27 July 2001: 102.

"Passages." The Seattle Times 29 July 2001: A19.

"Passages." Maclean's 6 August 2001: 13.

"Passings." The Record [Kitchener-Waterloo] 25 July 2001: A7.

"People, Etc." The Memphis Commercial Appeal 13 August 2001: A8.

"The Place of Place." The Wilson Quarterly 22 September 2001: 12.

"Prize-Winning Author Eudora Welty Dies at Age 92." Montreal Gazette 24 July 2001:

"Pulitzer Prize Winner Welty Dies." The Columbian [Vancouver, WA] 24 July 2001:

"Pulitzer Prize-Winning Chronicler of the U.S. South." The Irish Times 28 July 2001:

"Pulitzer Prize Winner Credits Welty." The Clarion-Ledger 13 August 2001: B1.

"Pulitzer-Winning Writer Eudora Welty Dies at 92." The Toronto Sun 24 July 2001: 39.

"Quotes of Note." The Boston Globe 28 July 2001: A15.

"'A Sheltered Life Can Be A Daring Life'; Welty's Empathy Was Also Her Passion."
The Times Union [Albany, NY] 29 July 2001: J4.

"Short Takes." The Plain Dealer 28 September 2001: E5.

"Speed Reads." The Atlanta Journal and Constitution 31 July 2001: C1.

"Speed Reads." The Atlanta Journal and Constitution 6 August 2001: B1.

"Storied Life: Mississippi Author Eudora Welty Leaves a Legacy of Award-Winning
Writing and Legions of Loving Fans." People Weekly 56.6 (2001): 85.

"Top Stories." The Atlanta Journal and Constitution 29 July 2001: B8.

"Trio of Great Ladies Will Be Sorely Missed." News and Record [Greensboro, NC]
2 August 2001: A10.

"Two Notable Women." Los Angeles Times 27 July 2001: 14.

"Universal Embrace of a 'Regionalist'." Los Angeles Times 27 July 2001: Metro14.

"Unpublished Work in Welty's Attic?" The Seattle Times 31 July 2001: A5.

"A Voice of the South Silenced: Author Eudora Welty Dies at 92." The Houston
Chronicle 24 July 2001: A1.

"Welty Executor Says She Was His Role Model." The Advocate [Baton Rouge, L.A.]:
13 August 2001: A3.

"Welty Farewell Draws 700 Fans, Friends." Los Angeles Times 26 July 2001: 11.

"Welty Had Deep Insight Into Humanity." News & Record [Greensboro, NC] 25 July
2001: A13.

"Welty May Have Had Fiction in Works." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 31 July 2001:

"Welty's Casket at old Capitol Museum Today." The Memphis Commercial Appeal
25 July 2001: A11.

"Welty's Worlds: A Southern Writer Portrayed People, Not Politics." Pittsburgh Post-
Gazette 2 August 2001: A14.

"Works of Eudora Welty." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 24 July 2001: A11.

"Writer Ford Says Welty Was His Role Model." The Times Union [Albany, NY]
13 August 2001: A2.

"Writer Found Universe at Home." The Australian 7 August 2001: 16.

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(April 13, 1909 - July 23, 2001)

Eudora Welty was born in Jackson, Mississippi, on April 13, 1909, and attended the public schools there.  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 for her final two years of college to the University of Wisconsin in Madison.  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, Tennessee, Commercial Appeal, a major newspaper for northwest Mississippi.  In 1935 and 1936, she worked for Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal program the Works Progress Administration (WPA), serving as a "junior publicity agent" and traveling to many parts of Mississippi to promote road building, new airstrips, canning factories, and other efforts to bring economic progress to poor and remote rural areas of the state. In 1936 she published her first important short story, and from that time onward her writing career expanded and found considerable success, as the list of book publications below indicates.  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 charactersin dramatic motion.  Her stories are very much created by her own art out of materials she found and was touched by, material assembled by the artist's eye. 

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1941  A Curtain of Green (short stories). Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday Doran. 
1942  The Robber Bridegroom (short novel).  Doubleday Doran. 
1943  The Wide Net and Other Stories (short stories).  New York: Harcourt Brace. 
1946  Delta Wedding (novel).  Harcourt Brace. 
1948  Music from Spain (short story published in separate binding; limited edition).  Greenville, MS: Levee Press. (This story became a major section of The Golden Apples, published the following year.) 
1949  The Golden Apples (cycle of related stories).  Harcourt Brace. 
1954  Selected Stories of Eudora Welty.  New York: Modern Library. 
1954  The Ponder Heart (short novel).  Harcourt Brace. 
1955  The Bride of the Innisfallen and Other Stories.  Harcourt Brace. 
1957  Place in Fiction (essay; limited edition).  New York: House of Books. 
1964  The Shoe Bird (children's story).  Harcourt Brace & World. 
1965  Thirteen Stories, ed. Ruth Vande Kieft.   Harcourt Brace & World. 
1970  Losing Battles (novel).  New York: Random House. 
1971  One Time, One Place: Mississippi in the Depression, A Snapshot Album  (photographsby Welty with a fine introduction by her).  Random House. 
1972  The Optimist's Daughter (novel).  Random House. 
1978  The Eye of the Story (essays).  Random House. 
1984  One Writer's Beginnings (autobiography).  Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 
1984  Conversationswith Eudora Welty, ed. Peggy Prenshaw (collected interviews).  Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi. 
1989  Photographs, with a foreword by Reynolds Price.  University Press of Mississippi.

1991  Norton Book of Friendship, ed. Ronald A. Sharp and Eudora Welty. Norton.
1994  A Writer's Eye: Collected Book Reviews, ed. Pearl Amelia McHaney. University Press of Mississippi. 
1995  More Conversations with Eudora Welty, ed. Peggy Prenshaw. University Press of Mississippi.
1999 Welty: Collected Novels. Library of Congress.
1999 Welty: Collected Essays and Memoirs. Library of Congress.

As this selective list shows, Welty continued to write for publication  into her mid-seventies, and for a decade afterward she cooperated with several ventures to bring uncollected work to press.  A serious student of Welty's fiction would do well to read all the essays and interviews and to examine the photographs carefully.  Welty's full list of publications, which includes appearances in magazines and newspapers as well as in the books of others, limited editions of stories and essays, and a great many translations, can be found in Noel Polk's indispensable bibliography of her writing (Welty: A Bibliography of Her Work. Jackson: UniversityPress of Mississippi, 1994.)  This book is still available from the press.  The Welty Collection, ed. Suzanne Marrs (Jackson: U Press of Mississippi) is a thorough guide to the great trove of Welty's papers and photographs at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History in Jackson.

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Welty's One Writer's Beginnings is a remarkably useful account of her origins and development as a writer, and her essays on her own reading or on the art of writing, collected in some of the volumes listed above, are excellent testaments to her sources, her Masters, and her practice and standards as a writer.   More biographical detail about her can be found in Ruth Vande Kieft's Eudora Welty, rev. edition (Twayne, 1987), Albert Devlin's Eudora Welty's Chronicle: A Story of Mississippi Life (1983), and Michael Kreyling's Author and Agent: Eudora Welty and Diarmuid Russell (1991). 

Vande Kieft's Twayne book remains an extremely useful general introduction to the analysis of Welty's fiction, and Michael Kreyling's Eudora Welty's Achievement of Order, a more modern perspective, has been well received. Several useful collections of individual essays on Welty's writing are available: Eudora Welty: A Form of Thanks, ed. Louis Dollarhide and Ann J. Abadie (UP of Miss, 1979), Eudora Welty: Critical Essays, ed. Peggy Whitman Prenshaw (Jackson: U Press of Mississippi, 1979), and Eudora Welty: Thirteen Essays, ed. Prenshaw (U P of Miss, 1983; a selection from the previous volume, published  in paperback); Welty: A Life in Literature, ed. Albert J. Devlin (Jackson: U P of Miss, 1987; a reprinting of the 1986 special number of Mississippi Quarterly); Critical Essays on Eudora Welty, ed. W. Craig Turner and Lee Emling Harding (Boston: G. K. Hall, 1989),and Eudora Welty: Eye of the Storyteller, ed. Dawn Trouard (Kent, OH; KentState UP, 1989).  The Mississippi Quarterly has devoted two special issues to essays on Welty (1973, 1986, with another planned soon). 

Welty scholarship in this country and abroad is growing in quantity and in sophistication and is too voluminous to summarize here.  Readers seeking titles of articles on specific Welty works and books on Welty's writing should consult the checklists of scholarship and criticism about Welty that have appeared in the special issues of Mississippi Quarterly (Checklists for 1936-1972 and 1973-1986, which also include reference to Welty's own published works, appear in Welty: A Life in Literature.).  New checklists appear annually in the Eudora Welty Newsletter and in the Southern Bibliography published by Mississippi Quarterly.  Summaries, with critical judgments, of much Welty scholarship appear in the on-going series of  volumes American Literary Scholarship:An Annual (Duke University Press). 

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A Lifetime of Honors for Eudora Welty: A Checklist of Awards
by Elaine Saino

[This article originally appeared in our Winter 1997 issue.
Addenda have been added for newly uncovered honors.]

To honor someone is to hold that person in esteem, to show respect, and to mark the person with distinction. The privilege and burden of such an appropriate pause of recognition rested with Eudora Welty on May 24, 1962, when she presented William Faulkner with The Gold Medal for Fiction given by the National Institute of Arts and Letters. She said, "Mr. Faulkner, I think this medal, being pure of its kind, the real gold, would go to you of its own accord, and know its owner regardless of whether we were all here to see or not. Safe as a puppy it would climb into your pocket . . ." (Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the National Institute of Arts and Letters. Second Series. Number 13. New York: 1963: 226). Welty is fond of telling the story that the medal was indeed already in Faulkner's pocket as she spoke. She had passed it to him during dinner and presented an empty box.

Before Welty received her own Gold Medal for Fiction in 1972, she had many other moments of appreciation. In looking at the following checklist of Eudora Welty's lifetime awards, one can see that over many years, Welty has been honored by national governments, colleges and universities, magazines, local institutions. It is obvious that her appeal is universal as her admirers have no limiting common denominator except a love of her work.

This list includes local, regional, national, and international honors for individual stories and novels as well as for lifetime achievement. The list is culled from Noel Polk's Eudora Welty: A Bibliography of Her Work (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1994), where the day and month are often given, and from past Eudora Welty Newsletters, where fuller reports of awards, including descriptions and names of other recipients, may be found. Please notify the Eudora Welty Newsletter of any corrections or additional awards that merit inclusion for a future update.

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1920  Silver Badge, St. Nicholas Magazine, for a drawing "A Heading for August." 
1921  $25 prize in "Jackie Mackie Jingles Contest." 

1935  Gold Badge, St. Nicholas Magazine, for a poem "In the Twilight." 
1938  "Lily Daw and the Three Ladies" in The Best American Short Stories of 1938
1939  "A Curtain of Green" in The Best American Short Stories of 1939
1939  "Petrified Man" in Prize Stories 1939: The O. Henry Awards

1940  "The Hitchhikers" in Best American Short Stories 1940
1940  Bread Loaf Fellowship for the upcoming summer. 
1941  Yaddo Writers' Conference, Saratoga Springs, New York. 
1941  "A Worn Path" in Prize Stories 1941: The O. Henry Awards
1942  Guggenheim Fellowship. 
1942  "The Wide Net" in Prize Stories 1942: The O. Henry Awards, second place. 
1943  "Asphodel" in The Best American Short Stories of 1943
1943  "Livvie Is Back" in Prize Stories 1943: The O. Henry Awards, first place. 
1944  American Academy of Arts and Letters, $1000 prize. 
1946  "A Sketching Trip" in Prize Stories 1946: The O. Henry Awards
1947  "The Whole World Knows" in Prize Stories 1947: The O. Henry Awards
1949  Guggenheim fellowship renewal. 

1951  "The Burning" in Prize Stories 1951: The O. Henry Awards, second place. 
1952  Election to the National Institute of Arts and Letters. 
1954  Honorary LL.D. from the University of Wisconsin. 
1955  Howells Medal for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for The Ponder Heart.
1955  Honorary LL.D. from Western College for Women
1956  Honorary LL.D. from Smith College. 
1957  "A Flock of Guinea Hens Seen from a Car" in Best Poems of 1957
1958  Honorary Consultant to Library of Congress. 
1958  Lucy Donnelley Fellowship Award from Bryn Mawr College. 

1960  Ford Foundation grant for two seasons of observation and study at New York's Phoenix Theatre. 
1962  Henry Bellamann Memorial Foundation for contribuiton to American Letters. The award of $1,000 was presented at Mississippi College, Clinton.  
1966  Creative Arts Medal for Fiction from Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts.  Editor-in-Chief, Pearl McHaney, accepts the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Southern Book Critics Cirle on behalf of Eudora Welty in 1999
1968  "The Demonstrators" in Prize Stories 1968: The O. Henry Awards, first place.
1970  Edward MacDowell Medal. 
1971  Doctor of Letters degree from the University of the South. 
1972  Election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. 
1972  Gold Medal for Fiction of the National Institute of Arts and Letters. 
1973  Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Optimist's Daughter
1975  Honorary Degree from Newcomb College, New Orleans, Louisiana. 

1975  Honorary Degree from Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts. 
1979  Honorary Doctor of Letters degree from the University of Illinois-Urbana. 
1979  National Medal for
Literature for 1979 from the
American Book Award. 

Pearl McHaney accepting an
award on behalf of
Eudora Welty.

1980  Medal of Freedom given by Jimmy Carter. 
1981  Honorary Degree from William Carey College, Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
1981  Medal of Excellence from Mississippi University for Women (formerly Mississippi State College for Women). 
1982  Eudora Welty Chair of Southern Studies established at Millsaps College. 
1982  Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Columbia University. 
1983  St. Louis Literary Award from Associates of St. Louis Libraries. 
1984  Eudora Welty New Playwrights Series established at the New Stage Theatre of Jackson. 
1984  Common Wealth Award from the Modern Language Association. 
1984  Elmer Holmes Bobst Award for Fiction for lifetime achievement in arts and letters. 
1984  The Lillian Smith Special Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southern Regional Council of Atlanta. 
1986  Grand Master Award from the Birmingham-Southern Writer's Conference. 
1986  National Medal of Arts for contributions to the nation's culture from the National Endowment for the Arts. 
1986  The Eudora Welty Library, a branch of the Jackson Metropolitan Library, dedicated. 
1987  French Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres medal. 
1987  Authors Award from the Mississippi Library Association. 
1987  Sesquicentennial Medal from Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass. 
1987  Appalachian Gold Medallion from the University of Charleston, Charleston, West Virginia. 
1988  Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Lifetime Achievement Award. 
1988  Honorary doctorate from Princeton University. 
1989  Phi Beta Kappa Associates Award. 
1989  Selected to have portrait hung in the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution by the National Portrait Gallery Commission. 

1991  The Corrington Award from the Department of English at Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana. 
1991  Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award from the Tulsa Library Trust. 
1991  Cleanth Brooks Medal for Distinguished Achievement in Southern Letters from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. 
1991  National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. 
1991  PEN-Malamud Award for Excellence in The Short Story. 
1992  Frankel Humanities Prize from the National Endowment for the Humanities. 
1992  Distinguished Alumni Award from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. 
1993  Honorary Degree from the University of Burgundy, France. 
1994  Richard Wright Literary Prize from Copiah-Lincoln Community College, Wesson, Mississippi. 
1996  French Légion d'Honneur. 
1998  Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the Mississippi University for Women (formerly Mississippi State College for Women) in Columbus. 
1998  The Mayor's Arts Achievement Honors from the Arts Alliance of Jackson and Hinds County in Jackson, Mississippi. 
1999  Distinguished Achievement Award from the Southern Book Critics Circle

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