American short story writer and novelist who wrote about the American South. Her novel The Optimist’s Daughter won the Pulitzer Prize in 1973. She grew up with younger brothers Edward Jefferson and Walter Andrews. Near the time of her high school graduation, Welty moved with her family to a house built for them at 1119 Pinehurst Street, which remained her permanent address until her death. Hedrick designed the Weltys’ Tudor Revival-style home, which is now known as the Eudora Welty House and Garden. Welty studied at the Mississippi State College for Women from 1925 to 1927, then transferred to the University of Wisconsin to complete her studies in English literature. Soon after Welty returned to Jackson in 1931, her father died of leukemia.
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She took a job at a local radio station and wrote about Jackson society for the Memphis newspaper Commercial Appeal.