Eudora Welty

Eudora Welty Alice ( born April 13, 1909 in Jackson, Mississippi; † July 23, 2001 ibid ) was an American writer and photographer. In 1973, she was honored for her novel The Optimist 's Daughter won the Pulitzer Prize.


Eudora Welty began early to write, and the age of eleven she published her first poem in a local newspaper. After her high school graduation, she attended from 1925 to 1927, the Mississippi State College for Women, on the University of Wisconsin- Madison. 1930/31 she was at Columbia University in New York.

After leaving school, Eudora Welty worked for a regional radio station and wrote articles for newspapers by the way. She also worked as a photographer for the project Works Progress Administration (WPA ) under President Franklin D. Roosevelt. In the following years until her death in Eudora Welty wrote several short stories, novels, and published several volumes of photographs with his own recordings. She died at the age of 92 years from the effects of pneumonia.

Welty is considered by many not only as one of the best Southern writers, but also as one of the best American writers of the 20th century.



Original edition (selection)

  • A Curtain of Green. With an introduction by Katherine Anne Porter. Harcourt Brace, New York 1941
  • Delta Wedding. Harcourt Brace, New York 1946
  • The Golden Apples. Harcourt Brace, New York 1949
  • The Optimist 's Daughter. Random House, New York 1972
  • The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty. HBJ, New York 1977
  • The Eye of the Story. Selected Essays and Reviews. Random House, New York 1978

In German translation

  • My Uncle Daniel. A novel. From the American by Elisabeth Schnack. Ark, Zurich 1958
  • The wedding. A novel from the Mississippi Delta. German Ins transmitted by Elisabeth Schnack. Diogenes, Zurich 1962
  • The daughter of the optimists. Novel. German by Kai Molvig. Rowohlt, Reinbek 1973
  • Finding a voice. Translated by Rüdiger Imhof. Klett- Cotta, Stuttgart 1990, ISBN 3-608-95550- X
  • The Golden Apples. Translated by Tamara Willmann. Klett- Cotta, Stuttgart 1992, ISBN 3-608-95366-3
  • A curtain of green. Narratives. Kein & Aber, Zurich 2009, ISBN 978-3-0369-5545-2
  • From the daring to take the world into words. Three essays. German by Karen Noelle. Edition Five. Publisher Silke Weniger, Graefelfing 2011