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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. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Ship of Fools 1,056 copies, 18 reviews
Flowering Judas and Other Stories 192 copies, 8 reviews
Seven Contemporary Short Novels (Contributor) 69 copies
Noon wine 24 copies
Ship of Fools 2 22 copies, 1 review
Ship of Fools 1 20 copies, 1 review
The Days Before 15 copies
Old Mortality 7 copies
A defense of Circe 6 copies, 1 review
Hacienda 4 copies
The Grave 2 copies, 1 review
A Day's Work 2 copies, 1 review
[No title] 1 copy
Theft 1 copy
Rope 1 copy
He 1 copy
The Best American Short Stories of the Century (Contributor) 1,469 copies, 9 reviews
50 Great Short Stories (Contributor) 1,081 copies, 9 reviews
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (Contributor, some editions) 857 copies, 7 reviews
The Best American Essays of the Century (Contributor) 711 copies, 4 reviews
The Oxford Book of American Short Stories (Contributor) 683 copies, 2 reviews
Short Story Masterpieces (Contributor) 602 copies, 4 reviews
The Oxford Book of Short Stories (Contributor) 467 copies, 3 reviews
Great American Short Stories (Contributor) 436 copies, 2 reviews
A Curtain of Green and Other Stories (Introduction, some editions) 339 copies, 6 reviews
Women and Fiction: Short Stories By and About Women (Contributor) 338 copies, 6 reviews
Selected Stories of Eudora Welty (Introduction) 276 copies, 1 review
A Treasury of Short Stories (Contributor) 272 copies
Six Great Modern Short Novels (Contributor) 259 copies, 2 reviews
The Treasury of American Short Stories (Contributor) 248 copies, 1 review
The Troll Garden (Afterword, some editions) 235 copies, 3 reviews
100 Years of The Best American Short Stories (Contributor) 224 copies, 4 reviews
Twenty Grand Short Stories (Contributor) 143 copies, 1 review
The Norton Book of Personal Essays (Contributor) 133 copies, 1 review
Randall Jarrell's Book of Stories (Contributor) 131 copies, 1 review
New York Stories (Everyman's Pocket Classics) (Contributor, some editions) 129 copies, 5 reviews
The Mangy Parrot: The Life and Times of Periquillo Sarniento, Written by… (Translator, some editions) 127 copies, 3 reviews
American Short Stories (Contributor, some editions) 81 copies
The Retrial of Joan of Arc: The Evidence for her Vindication (Foreword, some editions) 69 copies, 1 review
The Experience of the American Woman (Contributor) 46 copies
Masters of the Modern Short Story (Contributor) 40 copies
American Christmas Stories (Contributor) 40 copies
Ship of Fools [1965 film] (Original book) 23 copies, 4 reviews
Eight Short Novels (Contributor) 22 copies
Nine Short Novels (Contributor) 16 copies
31 Stories (Contributor) 12 copies, 2 reviews
A New Southern Harvest (Contributor) 10 copies
Gringos in Mexico: An Anthology (Contributor) 9 copies
Great Western short stories (Contributor) 9 copies
Modern American Short Stories (Contributor) 7 copies
Modern American Short Stories (Contributor) 5 copies
Twenty-Three Modern Stories (Contributor) 4 copies
Short Fiction: Shape and Substance (Contributor) 3 copies
Twelve short novels (Contributor) 3 copies
Ten Great Stories: A New Anthology (Contributor) 2 copies
Enjoying Stories (Contributor) 2 copies
Eyes of Boyhood (Contributor) 2 copies
Introduction to Fiction (Contributor) 1 copy
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