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Eudora Welty would grow up to become a writer. She won the Pulitzer for the Optimist's Daughter in 1973.
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In this slim book, she writes of growing up in Mississippi, telling funny stories about her family, especially her eccentric mother, and how she got her start in writing. For a time she will move away, going to college and graduate school, and for a time living in the big city (New York and Chicago). But eventually her father will become ill and she'll move back home to help out her family. They will need her so desperately that it's amazing she ever got to write again.

This will be an especially interesting read for people who liked The Optimist's Daughter, as there are many similarities between Eudora and that book's main character, Laurel McKelva Hand.
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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   writer Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1900+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   writer Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () United States    -   Yes City?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Century:    -   1900-1920's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   encouraged    -   like laughing Pictures/Illustrations?    -   More 6-10 B&W How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   0-25% of book

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