Katherine Anne Porter

Katherine Anne Porter, 1890–1980, American author, b. Indian Creek, Tex., as Callie Russell Porter. Although she published infrequently, she is regarded as a master of the short story. Her first book of stories, Flowering Judas (1930), received immediate recognition and critical acclaim. It was followed by Pale Horse, Pale Rider (1939), which includes the superb novella Noon Wine, and The Leaning Tower (1944). Her stories have been praised for their technical accomplishments in matters of style, form, and language. A collection of her essays and occasional pieces appeared as The Days Before (1952). Her only long novel, the best-selling Ship of Fools, was published in 1962 and made into a film three years later. Set aboard a German ship shortly before Hitler's accession to power, the novel is a moral allegory that attempts to recreate the atmosphere of a world on the brink of disaster.

See her Collected Stories (1965; Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award), Katherine Anne Porter: Collected Stories and Other Writings (2008), ed. by D. H. Unrue; I. Bayley, ed., Letters of Katherine Anne Porter (1990); J. Givner, ed., Katherine Anne Porter: Conversations (1987); biographies by J. Givner (1984) and D. H. Unrue (2005); studies by R. Penn Warren (1971), H. Bloom (1986), G. and W. Hendrick (1988), R. H. Brinkmeyer, Jr. (1993), J. P. Stout (1995), D. H. Unrue (1985, 1988, and as ed. 1997), and M. Titus (2005); bibliography by K. Hill (1989).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

The Ambivalent Art of Katherine Anne Porter
Mary Titus.
University of Georgia Press, 2005
The Texas Legacy of Katherine Anne Porter
James T. F. Tanner.
University of North Texas Press, 1991
Flowering Judas: And Other Stories
Katherine Anne Porter.
Modern Library, 1940
Fiction of the Home Place: Jewett, Cather, Glasgow, Porter, Welty, and Naylor
Helen Fiddyment Levy.
University Press of Mississippi, 1992
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "The Land That is Nowhere: Katherine Anne Porter"
Feminine Sense in Southern Memoir: Smith, Glasgow, Welty, Hellman, Porter, and Hurston
Will Brantley.
University Press of Mississippi, 1995
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "Lillian Hellman and Katherine Anne Porter: Memoirs from Outside the Shelter"
Constructed Narratives and Writing Identity in the Fiction of Katherine Anne Porter
Fornataro-Neil, M. K.
Twentieth Century Literature, Vol. 44, No. 3, Fall 1998
American Women Fiction Writers, 1900-1960
Harold Bloom.
Chelsea House, vol.3, 1998
Librarian’s tip: "Katherine Anne Porter" begins on p. 23
Private Voices, Public Lives: Women Speak on the Literary Life
Nancy Owen Nelson.
University of North Texas Press, 1995
Librarian’s tip: "'Tangled Together Like Badly Cast Fishing Line': The Reader and the Text in Katherine Anne Porter's 'Pale Horse, Pale Rider'" begins on p. 3
Visions of the Fantastic: Selected Essays from the Fifteenth International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts
Allienne R. Becker.
Greenwood Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "Order From Chaos: War, Pestilence, and the Near-Death Experience in Katherine Anne Porter's Pale Horse, Pale Rider"
Crossing Over: Katherine Anne Porter's "Pale Horse, Pale Rider" as Urban Western
Himmelwright, Catherine.
The Mississippi Quarterly, Vol. 58, No. 3-4, Summer-Fall 2005
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The Modern American Novel of Violence
Patrick W. Shaw.
Whitston, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "Katherine Anne Porter's Noon Wine" begins on p. 45
Katherine Anne Porter's Ship of Fools: An Interrogation of Eugenics
Roney, Lisa.
Papers on Language & Literature, Vol. 45, No. 1, Winter 2009
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Katherine Anne Porter's Miranda Stories: A Commentary on the Cultural Ideologies of Gender Identity
Frankwitz, Andrea K.
The Mississippi Quarterly, Vol. 57, No. 3, Summer 2004
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Texas Women Writers: A Tradition of Their Own
Sylvia Ann Grider; Lou Halsell Rodenberger.
Texas A&M University Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Katherine Anne Porter" begins on p. 124
"Unable to Imagine Getting on without Each Other": Porter's Fictions of Interracial Female Friendship
Wells, Chandra.
The Mississippi Quarterly, Vol. 58, No. 3-4, Summer-Fall 2005
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American Encounters: Greater Mexico, the United States, and the Erotics of Culture
José E. Limón.
Beacon Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "Nation, Love, and Labor Lost: Katherine Anne Porter and Manuel Gamio"
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