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Eudora Welty House

Eudora Welty House

Jackson, MS

Eudora Welty, one of the most influential writers of the 20th century, lived in this house, now a National Historic Landmark, from 1925 until her death in 2001, and wrote all of her major works here, including the short stories that initially brought her acclaim and award-winning novels such as Delta Wedding, The Optimist's Daughter, and Losing Battles. The property includes a Tudor Revival-style house built by her father in 1925, a garage, and the surrounding grounds and garden. Born in Jackson in 1909, Welty was influenced as a child by her parents' love for books. In her writing career, which spanned five decades, Welty received the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Medal of Freedom, and the French Legion of Honor.

Photo: Eudora Welty House
– Courtesy Mississippi Department of Archives and History

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