Short stories by Eudora Welty

Eudora Alice Welty (April 13, 1909 – July 23, 2001) was an American short story writer, novelist and photographer, who wrote about the American South. Her novel The Optimist's Daughter won the Pulitzer Prize in 1973. Welty received numerous awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Order of the South. She was the first living author to have her works published by the Library of AmericaHer house in Jackson, Mississippi, has been designated as a National Historic Landmark and is open to the public as a house museum.

Listing 7 stories.

After her husband's unexpected death, a white widow becomes a recluse, spending all of her time in her unruly garden. One day, over come by rage, she feels compelled to harm the Black boy who works in her garden.

Upon the death of their tyrannical mistress, three old maids venture to the place she forbade them to go and reminisce about her life.

A mother and daughter join the community of passengers on a ship to Naples. Scorning and delighting in one another’s peculiarities, vying for transient social status and partnerships, the colorful group awaits the varied promises of their destination.

A group of overbearing Christian women in a small Southern town attempt to take care of and protect a mentally disabled young girl by sending her to an institution. Their plan shifts when the young girl receives a marriage proposal.

A woman married at the age of sixteen sits in an out of the way cottage with her elderly husband longing for a life with other young people.

A traveling salesman picks up two hitchhikers and ends up regretting the decision after his night turns to chaos when one man violently injures the other.

After a night out, a man returns home to a suicide note from his wife and gathers a group of men to drag the river in search of her body. They end the day empty-handed, but when the man returns home, he is pleasantly surprised.