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					Katherine Anne Porter



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             Background
 Born in Indian Creek, Texas in 1890.
 Name at birth was Callie Russell Porter.
 Her mother died before she was two so her
  paternal grandmother was the main woman
  in her life.
 In 1901, her grandmother died causing her
  father to send her to a Catholic convent in
  New Orleans to be educated.
 When she was 16, she married a man by the
  name of John Henry Kroontz, age 20, but
  was divorced 9 years later.
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 Between the years 1918 and 1921 Porter
  became involved in revolutionary politics in
  Mexico, the scene of several of her stories.
 In 1922, Porter published a Study Outline of
  Mexican Popular Arts and Crafts.
 Her first published story was 'María
  Concepción', which appeared in Century
  magazine in December 1922.
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 She was married to four different men
  during her lifetime.
 At one point in her life, Katherine was a
  reporter for a weekly newspaper in
  Chicago and also a ballad singer.
 In 1918 she became very ill and was
  expected to die. Her illness lead her
  becoming a writer.
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 During her illness she wrote her famous
  piece, “Pale Horse, Pale Rider”. It took her
  20 years to complete this work.
 After she became well, she went on to study
  art in Mexico.
 She also became very interested in Mexican
  politics.
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            A List of Works by Katherine Ann Porter
   OUTLINE OF MEXICAN POPULAR ARTS AND CRAFTS, 1922
    FLOWERING JUDAS, 1930 (enlarged FLOWERING JUDAS AND OTHER STORIES,
    1935)
    HACIENDA, 1934
    NOON WINE, 1937
    PALE HORSE, PALE RIDER *, 1939
    THE LEANING TOWER AND OTHER STORIES, 1944
    THE OLD ORDER, 1944
    THE DAYS BEFORE, 1952
    A DEFENSE OF CIRCE, 1955
    THE OLD ORDER, 1958
    HOLIDAY, 1962
    THE SHIP OF FOOLS, 1962 -
    COLLECTED STORIES OF KATHERINE ANNE PORTER, 1965 (National Book Award;
    Pulitzer Prize)
    A CHRISTMAS STORY, 1967
    COLLECTED ESSAYS AND OCCASIONAL WRITINGS, 1970
    THE NEVER-ENDING WRONG, 1977
    MAE FRANKING'S MY CHINESE MARRIAGE: AN ANNOTATED EDITION, 1991
    (ghostwritten by Katherine Anne Porter, from Mae Franking's manuscript)
    UNCOLLECTED EARLY PROSE OF KATHERINE ANNE PORTER, 1994
    KATHERINE ANNE PORTER'S POETRY, 1996 (ed. by Darlene Harbour Unrue)
                        Major Works
   Katherine Ann Porter only wrote one novel called “Ship of Fools”.
    (This work tells the tale of a group of disparate characters sailing from
    Mexico to Germany aboard a mixed freighter and passenger ship.)
   In the 1950s, Porter published two volumes essays, THE DAYS
    BEFORE (1952) and A DEFENSE CIRCE (1954). Her COLLECTED
    STORIES (1965) was awarded in 1966 both the Pulitzer Prize and the
    National Book Award.
   Pale Horse, Pale Rider consisted of three short novels: 'Old Mortality',
    'Noon Wine', a study of evil, set on a Texas farm around 1900, and
    Pale horse, Pale rider, which tells of a short-lived love affair between a
    soldier and a young Southern newspaperwoman during the influenza
    epidemic of World War I.
   Some of her other famous works are “Flowering Judas” and “María
    Concepción”. (“Flowering Judas” established her reputation as a
    highly original writer and earned her a Guggenheim grant.
         Major Influences
 Some authors that influenced her were
  Henry James, T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, James
  Joyce, and W.B. Yeats.
 Mexico was also a major influence in
  Porter’s writing.
 Porter also became a mentor to younger
  writers including Eudora Welty, Eleanor
  Clark, William Humphrey, and Peter Taylor.
              Random Facts
 Porter’s novel “Ship of Fools” was later made into a
  movie.
 Ship of Fools was made into a winning film in 1966
  and was directed by Stanley Kramer, starring Vivien
  Leigh.
 Porter spoke out against totalitarianism (a political
  system where the state, usually under the control of
  a single political organization, faction, or class
  domination, recognizes no limits to its authority and
  strives to regulate every aspect of public and private
  life wherever feasible).
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               Bibliography

 http://www.awomanaweek.com/katherine_porter.
  htm

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katherine_Anne_Por
  ter

 http://www.biblio.com/author_biographies/20391
  46/Katherine_Anne_Porter.html

 http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/kaporter.htm

				
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