Welty is the author of many short stories and novels, including The
Robber Bridegroom, The Wide Net and Other Stories, The
Golden Apples, The Ponder Heart, The Optimist’s
Daughter, and Losing Battles. The autobiographical One
Writer’s Beginnings was published in 1984. Winner of the
Pulitzer Prize in 1973, Ms. Welty has also received O. Henry Memorial
Contest Awards and the Edward MacDowell Medal. She is a charter member
of the Fellowship of Southern Writers.