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One time, one place: Mississippi in the depression; a snapshot album.
Welty, Eudora, 1909-2001.
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[First edition].
Publication Information:
New York : Random House [1971]
Physical Description:
xiv, 111 pages : illustrations (chiefly illustrations) ; 21 cm
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An acclaimed southern author's soul-stirring photographic images of her homeland during the 1930s.

Author Notes

Eudora Welty was born in Jackson, Mississippi on April 13, 1909. She was educated at the Mississippi State College for Women in Columbus, Mississippi, and at the University of Wisconsin. She moved to New York in 1930 to study advertising at the Columbia University business school. After her father's death, she moved back to Jackson in 1931. She held various jobs on local newspapers and at a radio station before becoming a publicity agent for the Works Progress Administration (WPA), part of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal program. Travelling through the state of Mississippi opened her eyes to the misery of the great depression and resulted in a series of photographs, which were exhibited in a one-women show in New York in 1936 and were eventually published as One Time, One Place: Mississippi in the Depression in 1971. She stopped working for the WPA in 1936.

Her first stories, Magic and Death of a Travelling Salesman, were published in small magazines in 1936. Some of her better-known short stories are Why I Live at the P.O., Petrified Man, and A Worn Path. Her short story collections include A Curtain of Green, The Golden Apples, The Wide Net and Other Stories, and The Bride of Innisfallen and Other Stories.

Her first novel, The Robber Bridegroom, was published in 1942. Her other novels include Delta Wedding, The Ponder Heart, Losing Battles, and The Optimist's Daughter, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1972. She received the gold medal for fiction from the National Institute of Arts and Letters in 1972. Her nonfiction works include A Snapshot Album, The Eye of the Storm: Selected Essays and Reviews, and One Writer's Beginnings. She died from complications following pneumonia on July 23, 2001 at the age of 92.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Eudora Welty was born in Jackson, Mississippi, and has lived there for most of her life. Recently, during a presentation in Mississippi's Old State Capitol Building, where the state formally seceded from the Union in 1861, Welty was awarded the French Legion of Honor, which could be interpreted as recognition of the 87-year old author as a humane citizen of the world. The University Press of Mississippi is also honoring Welty with the publication of these two books, both of which will be of great interest to readers and beginning writers. In 1984 the University of Mississippi Press published Conversations with Eudora Welty, a volume that initiated the Press' Literary Conversations series of collected interviews with twentieth-century writers. The 1984 interviews covered the period from 1942 to 1983; More Conversations extends the record with interviews covering years since 1983. The interviews set the record straight on certain issues--her parents, friends, writers, childhood--and bend it more on others, particularly interpretations of her writing. Unlike contemporary writers who thrive on nakedly passing off their own lives as fiction, Welty depended on her imagination and tremendous power to empathize with others to create fiction. In these interviews, the reader is reminded of the cosmic aims of literature. One Time, One Place, out of print for more than a decade, was originally published in 1971 and is an exciting collection of photographs of Mississippians that Welty took in the 1930s, when she worked for the Works Progress Administration (WPA). This Silver Anniversary Edition contains a great foreword by William Maxwell that absolutely nails the importance of the book for many readers: "A writer's material derives nearly always from experience. Because of this job she came to know the state of Mississippi by heart and could never come to the end of what she might want to write about." Welty is the author of four collections of short stories, two novellas, three novels, a children's book, a book of photographs, and one collection of criticism. Bonnie Smothers