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Mississippi Writers Trail to Unveil Eudora Welty Marker

September 10, 2018

 

The Mississippi Writers Trail will kick off with the dedication and unveiling of the inaugural marker honoring author Eudora Welty.

Born in 1909 in Jackson, Welty lived in the capital city for the majority of her life. An award-winning author of short stories and novels, Welty was the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the French Legion of Honor and, most notably, the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her novel “The Optimist’s Daughter.” She also was chosen as the first living writer to be published in the “Library of America” series.

The unveiling will start at 4 p.m. Monday at the Eudora Welty House and Garden, 1119 Pinehurst Street in Jackson. Welty’s home is a designated National Historic Landmark.

Mississippi was prevalent in all her works of fiction, which included “A Curtain of Green,” “The Wide Net,” “Delta Wedding,” The Golden Apples,” and “Losing Battles.” These story collections and novels are translated worldwide. Welty also received recognition for her photography focusing on life in rural Mississippi during the Great Depression.

The Mississippi Writers Trail is an initiative of the Mississippi Arts Commission, in partnership with Visit Mississippi, the Community Foundation for Mississippi, Mississippi Book Festival, Mississippi Humanities Council, Mississippi Department of Archives and History and Mississippi Library Commission. The trail will span the state and highlight notable places which helped shape some of the world’s most acclaimed authors’ lives and influenced their renowned works.

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