Eudora Welty: A Form of Thanks

Eudora Welty: A Form of Thanks

Eudora Welty: A Form of Thanks

Eudora Welty: A Form of Thanks

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To inaugurate the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, the University of Mississippi on November 10-12, 1977, held a symposium honoring Eudora Welty, Mississippi's greatest living author. Attended by over 800 admirers, including students, faculty, and staff, and nearly 300 visitors from thirty-two states and three foreign countries, the symposium offered both serious appraisals of Welty's work by scholars and fellow writers and entertainment in the form of a dramatization of her novel The Ponder Heart, a reception and exhibition of some of her photographs, and a reading by the author herself. The presence of Miss Welty at all functions held over the three days added grace and meaning to all that was done and said.

At the peak of a career that extends from her first published short story, Death of a Traveling Salesman, in Manuscript in 1939 to her Pulitzer Prize novel The Optimist's Daughter in 1972, Eudora Welty is today one of the most highly regarded of American writers not only in her native South, but throughout the United States and abroad. She has received every major award this country offers for exceptional fiction. A writer's writer, Welty has . . .

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