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.”

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

Patricia Smart