"A Worn Path" by Eudora Welty.

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Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty was born in Jackson on April 13, 1909. She was considered one of the greatest American writers. Described as the "first lady of Southern literature" and the "literary voice and soul of the South."

In 1973, she won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her novel "The Optimists' Daughter."

Her first major published work was "Death of a Traveling Salesman,"

Her first novel, "Delta Wedding," was published in 1946.

Welty's last work was "Country Churchyards," a book of 90 black-and-white photographs taken in Mississippi graveyards during the 1930s and 1940s. She said the pictures were taken at a time when "Mississippi had no art but cemeteries."

She was the first living author to be showcased in the distinguished Library of America series with a two-volume collection of her works, maintained her privacy by refusing to discuss her personal life.

A Worn Path



It is a very cold but sunny day in December when a very old Negro woman, named Phoenix Jackson walks through the pine woods. She needs to get to the town to get a medicine for her grandson who has a throat disease. She has to go through a very dark forest of pines. Then she has to go up a hill to get to the oak forest. There she gets her dress caught on a bush full of thorns. She fights very carefully because she doesn't want her dress to tear. When she finally gets out of it, Phoenix finds a log across the way and she has to do a great effort to pass over it. When she is on the other side she sits down and imagines that a boy is handing her a piece of cake on a plate, but then she realizes that its...