Porter Collected Stories and Other Writings

ISBN-10: 1598530291

ISBN-13: 9781598530292

Edition: 2008

Authors: Katherine Anne Porter, Darlene Harbour Unrue, Darlene Unrue

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Eudora Welty said that Katherine Anne Porter writes stories with a power that stamps them to their very last detail on the memory. Set in her native Texas and her beloved Mexico, prewar Nazi Germany and the gothic Old South, they are stories of love, outrage, betrayal, and spiritual reckoning that are severe but never cruel, and always exquisitely precise. They number fewer than thirty, but as Robert Penn Warren commented, many are unsurpassed in modern fiction, and when gathered in one volume in 1965 they won their author both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. The Library of America now reprints that landmark volume, The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter, and pairs it with a completely new selection from Porters long-out-of-print short prose. Expanding the contents of her 1952 collection The Days Beforeto include both early journalism and major pieces from her final three decades, the prose works collected here are grouped in four parts: critical essays on writers she loved and learned from, including James, Cather, Lawrence, and Colette; personal essays and speeches on such topics as the craft of writing, her own work, women in myth and in history, and American politics; essays and reports on Mexican life, letters, and revolution; and two previously uncollected forays into autobiography.
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List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Library of America, The
Publication date: 9/18/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 1100
Size: 5.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.540

Katherine Anne Porter is known for her subtle and delicate perception; her careful, disciplined technique; and her precision of word and phrase. She wrote slowly and with restraint but achieved an impression of ease and naturalness that is close to perfection. She was born in Texas, schooled in Louisiana convents, and, working as a newspaper reporter and freelance journalist, traveled to such places as Paris, Majorca, Berlin, Vienna, and Mexico. Her Collected Stories (1965), which won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in 1966, was written over a long lifetime. It includes works that have been a standard part of high school and college literature courses for a half-century. Among the best are "Noon Wine," "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall," and "Flowering Judas." "Pale Horse, Pale Rider," long enough to be considered a novelette, is one of several stories about a character named Miranda who as a girl and young woman undergoes experiences not unlike those of Porter. Other Miranda stories are "Old Mortality" and a group of seven gathered under the title "The Old Order" that deal with her childhood. Her one and only full-length novel, Ship of Fools (1962), 20 years in the writing, "is the story of a voyage... . A novel of character rather than of action, it has as its main purpose a study of the German ethos shortly before Hitler's coming to power in Germany... ."Ship of Fools' is also a human comedy and a moral allegory" (New Yorker). To some critics, the book was a disappointment, but all recognized its importance and it appeared on the bestseller list for 28 weeks in 1962. "In my view," wrote Robert Penn Warren in a tribute published in Saturday Review after Porter's death in 1980, "the final importance of Katherine Anne Porter is not merely that she has written a number of fictions which have enlarged and deepened the nature of the story, both short and long, in our time, but that she has created an oeuvre---a body of work including fiction, essays, letters, and journals---that bears the stamp of a personality, distinctive, delicately perceptive, keenly aware of the depth and darkness of human experience, delighted by the beauty of the world and the triumphs of human kindness and warmth, and thoroughly committed to a quest for meaning in the midst of the ironic complexities of man's lot." Much of the nonfictional part of that body of work was gathered into The Collected Essays and Occasional Writings of Katherine Anne Porter.

Go Little Book
Flowering Judas and Other Stories
Maria Concepcion
Virgin Violeta
The Martyr
That Tree
The Jilting of Granny Weatherall
Flowering Judas
The Cracked Looking-Glass
Pale Horse, Pale Rider
Old Mortality
Noon Wine
Pale Horse, Pale Rider
The Leaning Tower and Other Stories
The Old Order
The Source
The Journey
The Witness
The Circus
The Last Leaf
The Fig Tree
The Grave
The Downward Path to Wisdom
A Day's Work
The Leaning Tower
Essays, Reviews, and Other Writings
"I needed both . . ."
The Days Before
Reflections on Willa Cather
A Note on The Troll Garden
Gertrude Stein: Three Views
"Everybody Is a Real One"
Second Wind
The Wooden Umbrella
"It Is Hard to Stand in the Middle"
Eudora Welty and A Curtain of Green
The Winged Skull
On a Criticism of Thomas Hardy
E. M. Forster
Virginia Woolf
D. H. Lawrence
A Wreath for the Gamekeeper
"The Laughing Heat of the Sun"
The Art of Katherine Mansfield
The Hundredth Role
Dylan Thomas
"A death of days . . ."
"A fever chart . . ."
"In the morning of the poet . . ."
A Most Lively Genius
Orpheus in Purgatory
In Memoriam
Ford Madox Ford (1873-1939)
James Joyce (1882-1941)
Sylvia Beach (1887-1962)
Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964)
Personal and Particular
On Writing
My First Speech
"I must write from memory . . ."
No Plot, My Dear, No Story
"Writing cannot be taught . . ."
The Situation of the Writer
The Situation in American Writing
Transplanted Writers
The International Exchange of Writers
The Author on Her Work
No Masters or Teachers
On "Flowering Judas"
"The only reality . . ."
"Noon Wine": The Sources
Notes on the Texas I Remember
Portrait: Old South
A Christmas Story
Audubon's Happy Land
The Flower of Flowers
A Note on Pierre-Joseph Redoute
A House of My Own
The Necessary Enemy
"Marriage Is Belonging"
A Defense of Circe
St. Augustine and the Bullfight
Act of Faith: 4 July 1942
The Future Is Now
The Never-Ending Wrong
Why I Write About Mexico
Reports from Mexico City, 1920-1922
The New Man and the New Order
The Fiesta of Guadalupe
The Funeral of General Benjamin Hill
Children of Xochitl
The Mexican Trinity
Where Presidents Have No Friends
In a Mexican Patio
Leaving the Petate
The Charmed Life
Sor Juana: A Portrait of the Poet
Notes on the Life and Death of a Hero
A Mexican Chronicle, 1920-1943
Blasco Ibanez on "Mexico in Revolution"
Paternalism and the Mexican Problem
La Conquistadora
Ay, Que Chamaco!
Old Gods and New Messiahs
Diego Rivera
These Pictures Must Be Seen
Rivera's Personal Revolution
History on the Wing
Thirty Long Years of Revolution
About the Author
The Land That Is Nowhere
Note on the Texts
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