Welty Doll photo courtesy of Uneek Doll Designs

The Eudora Welty House in Jackson is the home of the photographer who may be best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Optimist’s Daughter, one of six novels and several short stories she published between the 1940s and early 1970s. The Eudora Welty Foundation has a great summary of her life on its website’s biography page. A helpful reader’s guide to her bestselling book can be found at eudorawelty.org.

In addition to her home, be sure to visit the Eudora Welty Library in Jackson, which has a Mississippi Writers Room that features a self-guided tour of “a tribute to the state’s wealth of writers, playwrights and poets who have called this place home.”

Scholars may also enjoy a visit to the Margaret Walker Center at Jackson State University. Read about this significant writer and the Center here: http://www.jsums.edu/margaretwalkercenter.

The Eudora Welty House and the Eudora Welty Library are the first and second stops on our Mississippi Author Adventures Trail!

Patricia Smart