"You know, sir, this operation is not, in any hands, a hundred percent predictable?"
"Well, I'm an optimist."
"I didn't know there were any more such animals," said Dr. Courtland.
"Never think you've seen the last of anything," scoffed Judge McKelva.
(Eudora Welty's The Optimist's Daughter)
The first living author to be published by the Library of America, Eudora Weltey was an
American short story writer and novelist specializing in the American South genre. In 1973 The Optimist's Daughter, one of her most popular novels, won her the much coveted Pulitzer Prize. Later, Welty went on to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the second highest civilian award preceded only by the Congressional Gold Medal.
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