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Eudora Welty : writers' reflections upon first reading Welty
McHaney, Pearl Amelia.
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Athens, Ga. : Hill Street Press, [1999]
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iv, 118 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Simply put, Eudora Welty is the greatest living writer of southern fiction. On the occasion of her ninetieth birthday, many of today's most important writers have come together to offer original essays: deeply-personal tributes to her influence on them upon first reading her work. Born in Jackson, Mississippi on April 13, 1909, the first child of Christian and Chestina Andrews Welty, Eudora Welty spent a good part of her childhood with books and fondly recollects her trips to the library and being read to by her parents. After college in Wisconsin and New York City, she faced the limited job market of the Great Depression and the news of her father's leukemia. She returned to Jackson. The early death of her father was a great personal loss to her, but she soon put his typewriter to use and began writing short stories, and also began working for area newspapers. As a "junior publicity agent" for the Works Progress Administration she traveled across Mississippi documenting and photographing the people of her home state. Her first published short story, "Death of a Traveling Salesman", was published in 1936, and so began the luminous career of one of the most important writers of the century. While she is recognized as a master of the short story form, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for her novel, The Optimist's Daughter. Other honors include numerous O. Henry Prize Awards, the Gold Medal for Fiction given by the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and the Legion d'Honneur, among the most prestigious awards in the world. She is the author of thirty-two books.

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Willie Morris is the author of "North Toward Home", "New York Days", "My Dog Skip", "My Cat Spit McGee", and numerous other works of fiction & nonfiction. As the imaginative and creative editor of "Harper's Magazine" in the 1960s, he published such writers as William Styron, Gay Talese, David Halberstam, and Norman Mailer. He was a major influence in changing our postwar literary & journalistic history. He died in August 1999 at the age of sixty-four.

(Bowker Author Biography) Willie Morris, 1934 - 1999 William Weaks Morris was born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1934 to a family of storytellers. He graduated valedictorian of his high school class in 1952 and went on to attend the University of Texas in Austin. He was the editor of their newspaper the Daily Texan. He continued his education as a Rhodes Scholar studying history at Oxford University.

Morris was the editor of the liberal weekly newspaper, Texas Observer, from 1960-62. He was associate editor of Harper's magazine in 1963 and then became their youngest editor-in-chief, in1967. Morris turned Harper's into one of the most influential magazines in the country, attracting contributions from well-known writers, but because of editorial disputes, he quit in 1971. His leaving caused mass resignations of most of Harper's contributing editors. In 1980, Morris returned to Mississippi as writer-in-residence at the University of Mississippi in Oxford.

Morris' publications included nonfiction, fiction, children's books and essay collections. "North Toward Home" (1967) was a bestseller and received the prestigious Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award for nonfiction and was a selection of the Literary Guild. "Yazoo: Integration in a Deep-Southern Town" (1971) was published not long after a difficult divorce. The book tells how a Deep-Southern town is affected by forced integration of the public schools. "Good Old Boy: A Delta Boyhood" (1971) and "Good Old Boy and the Witch of Yazoo" (1989) are two of the children's classics by Morris. His fiction novel "The Last of the Southern Girls" (1973) tells of a Southern debutante who goes to Washington D.C. In 1996, Morris received the third annual Richard Wright Medal for Literary Excellence.

On August 2, 1999, Willie Morris died of a heart attack in Jackson, Mississippi. He was almost finished with a project he was working on with his son about Mississippi's history and future.

(Bowker Author Biography)