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The author of the book: Eudora Welty
Edition: Mariner Books
Date of issue: October 18th 1967
ISBN: 0156729156
ISBN 13: 9780156729154
Language: English
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In The Ponder Heart (1953), narrator Edna Earle Ponder, proprietress of the little-frequented Beulah Hotel in Clay, Mississippi, tells one of her guests (who is there because the car broke down) the story of her wealthy Uncle Daniel—a sweet simple man, but rather “slow”—and how the Ponders tried to keep him from giving all his money away through two marriages, periodic commitments to “the asylum,” and one celebrated murder trial. The story itself is amusing, but the real beauty and glory of it all is the distinctive voice of Edna Earle herself, an intelligent, sharp-tongued and kind-hearted observer of the local scene. Miss Edna is a superb creation—a distinctive voice in American fiction right up there with Huckleberry Finn and Holden Caulfield.

Here follow three of Edna Earle Ponder’s memorable observations: Miss Teacake Magee lived here all her life. She sings in the choir of the Baptist Church every blessed Sunday; couldn’t get her out. And sings louder than all the rest put together, so loud it would make you lose your place…—her solo always came during collection, to cover up people rattling change and dropping money on the floor…

The Peacocks are the kind of people keep the mirror outside on the front porch, and go out and pick railroad lilies to bring inside the house, and wave at trains till the day they die. The most they probably hoped for was that somebody’d come find oil in the front yard and fly in the house and tell them about it.

I wish you could have seen Bonnie Dee!...Baby yellow hair, downy—like one of those danelion puff-balls you can blow and tell the time by. And not a brain beneath. Now Uncle Daniel may not have a whole lot of brains, but what’s there is Ponder, and no mistake about it. But poor little old Bonnie Dee! There’s a world of difference...She was little and she was dainty...But I could tell by her little coon eyes, she was shallow as they come.


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Ebook The Ponder Heart read Online! Eudora Alice Welty was an award-winning American author who wrote short stories and novels about the American South. Her book The Optimist's Daughter won the Pulitzer Prize in 1973 and she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among numerous awards. She was the first living author to have her works published by the Library of America.

Welty was born in Jackson, Mississippi, and lived a significant portion of her life in the city's Belhaven neighborhood, where her home has been preserved. She was educated at the Mississippi State College for Women (now called Mississippi University for Women), the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Columbia Business School. While at Columbia University, where she was the captain of the women's polo team, Welty was a regular at Romany Marie's café in 1930.

During the 1930s, Welty worked as a photographer for the Works Progress Administration, a job that sent her all over the state of Mississippi photographing people from all economic and social classes. Collections of her photographs are One Time, One Place and Photographs.

Welty's true love was literature, not photography, and she soon devoted her energy to writing fiction. Her first short story, "Death of a Traveling Salesman," appeared in 1936. Her work attracted the attention of Katherine Anne Porter, who became a mentor to her and wrote the foreword to Welty's first collection of short stories, A Curtain of Green, in 1941. The book immediately established Welty as one of American literature's leading lights and featured the legendary and oft-anthologized stories "Why I Live at the P.O.," "Petrified Man," and "A Worn Path." Her novel, The Optimist's Daughter, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1973.

In 1992, Welty was awarded the Rea Award for the Short Story for her lifetime contributions to the American short story, and was also a charter member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, founded in 1987. In her later life, she lived near Belhaven College in Jackson, Mississippi, where, despite her fame, she was still a common sight among the people of her hometown.
Eudora Welty died of pneumonia in Jackson, Mississippi, at the age of 92, and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Jackson.

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