Eudora Alice Welty was born in Jackson, MS on April 13, 1909 and would have been 108 today. An author of prodigious talent, she penned ten collected works of short stories, six novels, and two volumes of essays during her lifetime, receiving international recognition for her work.
Welty's first short story, "Death of a Traveling Salesman", was published in 1936 and only five years later her short story collection, A Curtain of Green, was released. This work included such iconic short stories as "Why I Live at the P.O.", "Petrified Man", and "A Worn Path." The latter won second place for the 1941 O. Henry Award, whose volumes were edited by fellow Mississippian Herschel Brickell. Welty went on to win first place in 1942, 1943,and 1968.