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Katherine Anne Porter (1890–1980)

Autor(a) de The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter

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About the Author

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 mostrar mais 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) mostrar menos
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Obras de Katherine Anne Porter

Ship of Fools (1962) 1,144 cópias
Seven Contemporary Short Novels [second edition] (1969) — Contribuinte — 35 cópias
Ship of Fools [1965 film] (1965) — Original book — 29 cópias
Noon wine (1937) 27 cópias
A Christmas Story (1958) 24 cópias
Ship of Fools 2 (1981) 24 cópias
Ship of Fools 1 (1981) 21 cópias
The Days Before (1952) 16 cópias
A defense of Circe (1955) 7 cópias
Old Mortality (1983) 7 cópias
Hacienda (1934) 4 cópias
Los Premios Pulitzer de Novela Vol.VIII (1971) — Contribuinte — 4 cópias
The Grave 2 cópias
A Day's Work 2 cópias
[No title] 1 exemplar(es)
Antologia do conto moderno — Autor — 1 exemplar(es)
Brod budala 1 exemplar(es)
Det skæve tårn 1 exemplar(es)
Rope 1 exemplar(es)
Theft 1 exemplar(es)
He 1 exemplar(es)
The Fig Tree (1990) 1 exemplar(es)
Amerikan Kısa Öyküleri (2018) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

The Best American Short Stories of the Century (2000) — Contribuinte — 1,566 cópias
50 Great Short Stories (1952) — Contribuinte — 1,259 cópias
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (1995) — Contribuinte, algumas edições927 cópias
The Best American Essays of the Century (2000) — Contribuinte — 782 cópias
The Oxford Book of American Short Stories (1992) — Contribuinte — 754 cópias
Short Story Masterpieces (1954) — Contribuinte — 683 cópias
The Oxford Book of Short Stories (1981) — Contribuinte — 513 cópias
Great American Short Stories (1957) — Contribuinte — 498 cópias
The World of the Short Story: A 20th Century Collection (1986) — Contribuinte — 464 cópias
A Curtain of Green and Other Stories (1941) — Introdução, algumas edições372 cópias
Women & Fiction: Short Stories By and About Women (1975) — Contribuinte — 367 cópias
Selected Stories of Eudora Welty (1943) — Introdução — 301 cópias
A Treasury of Short Stories (1947) — Contribuinte — 293 cópias
100 Years of the Best American Short Stories (2015) — Contribuinte — 291 cópias
Six Great Modern Short Novels (1954) — Contribuinte — 275 cópias
The Treasury of American Short Stories (1981) — Contribuinte — 269 cópias
The Troll Garden (1905) — Posfácio, algumas edições256 cópias
Twenty Grand Short Stories (1967) — Contribuinte — 160 cópias
New York Stories (Everyman's Pocket Classics) (2011) — Contribuinte, algumas edições154 cópias
Randall Jarrell's Book of Stories (1958) — Contribuinte — 145 cópias
The Norton Book of Personal Essays (1997) — Contribuinte — 142 cópias
An Anthology of Famous American Stories (1953) — Contribuinte — 139 cópias
Read With Me (1965) — Contribuinte — 129 cópias
Downhome: An Anthology of Southern Women Writers (1995) — Contribuinte — 116 cópias
Norton Introduction to the Short Novel (1982) — Contribuinte — 99 cópias
The Literature of the American South: A Norton Anthology (1997) — Contribuinte — 98 cópias
American Short Stories (1976) — Contribuinte, algumas edições95 cópias
The Retrial of Joan of Arc: The Evidence for her Vindication (1953) — Prefácio, algumas edições77 cópias
200 Years of Great American Short Stories (1975) — Contribuinte — 69 cópias
The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Concise Edition (2003) — Contribuinte — 68 cópias
American Christmas Stories (2021) — Contribuinte — 62 cópias
The Vintage Book of American Women Writers (2011) — Contribuinte — 56 cópias
Art of Fiction (1967) — Contribuinte — 51 cópias
Masters of the Modern Short Story (1945) — Contribuinte — 47 cópias
The Experience of the American Woman (1978) — Contribuinte — 46 cópias
The Secret Self: A Century of Short Stories by Women (1995) — Contribuinte — 34 cópias
Vogue's First Reader (1942) — Contribuinte — 27 cópias
American short stories, 1820 to the present (1952) — Contribuinte — 26 cópias
Studies in Fiction (1965) — Contribuinte — 22 cópias
Eight Short Novels (1967) — Contribuinte — 22 cópias
Nine Short Novels (1952) — Contribuinte — 17 cópias
Modern American Short Stories (1945) — Contribuinte — 15 cópias
Love Stories: Classic Tales of Romance (2010) — Contribuinte — 13 cópias
Stories of Initiation. (Lernmaterialien) (1978) — Contribuinte — 13 cópias
Story to Anti-Story (1979) — Contribuinte — 13 cópias
31 Stories (1960) — Contribuinte — 12 cópias
American Short Stories, Vol.5, The Twentieth Century (1957) — Autor, algumas edições11 cópias
Gringos in Mexico: An Anthology (1988) — Contribuinte — 10 cópias
A New Southern Harvest (1957) — Contribuinte — 10 cópias
Great Western short stories (1777) — Contribuinte — 9 cópias
British and American Essays, 1905-1956 (1959) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias
Time to Be Young: Great Stories of the Growing Years (1945) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias
Modern American Short Stories (1941) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias
Modern American Short Stories (1987) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias
Twenty-Three Modern Stories (1963) — Contribuinte — 4 cópias
Short Fiction: Shape and Substance (1971) — Contribuinte — 3 cópias
Twelve short novels (1976) — Contribuinte — 3 cópias
Ten Great Stories: A New Anthology (1945) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
Eyes of Boyhood (1953) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
Husbands and Lovers (1949) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
Enjoying Stories (1987) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
The PL book of modern American short stories (1945) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
The Ethnic Image in Modern American Literature, 1900-1950 (1984) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Introduction to Fiction (1974) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)


Conhecimento Comum



The more I explored the lit crit and discussed these stories in book club and read about Porter's life, the more meaningful the work was. The story of Miranda's gentile Southern upbringing and the delusions family members maintained about family legends as she seeks her independence mirrored the author's experiences. "Noon Wine" was an incongruous middle story of a different class of people but brought out similar themes of the falsehoods that bind families and the importance of appearance while morality is called into question.… (mais)
featherbooks | outras 13 resenhas | May 7, 2024 |
5 STARS for "The Source," " The Witness," and "The Old Order" - 2 stars for the rest with
really slow plots and no characters to connect with.

The book begins by displaying a stereotypical narrative of lazy and watermelon eating negroes,
then quickly advances to the opposite with the tales of Grandmother and Aunt Nannie.

Nannie originally was gifted to Grandmother as a slave, then emancipated.
Their friendship and sewing were a joy to read, as was Nannie's eventual freedom to live alone and happy.… (mais)
m.belljackson | 1 outra resenha | Feb 14, 2024 |
This book contains 3 short novellas (as so described) from a very famous, highly regarded author who died in 1980. It was the first of her works I had read, and I was impressed & glad this had been recommended to me. Each of the 3 stories is interesting, and the last was fantastic.

Here is a wonderful composition of words in Pale Horse, Pale Rider, by Katherine Anne Porter: “It is like turning a corner absorbed in your painful thoughts and meeting your state of mind embodied, face to face.”

That is the quality of writing and insight I found here.
… (mais)
RickGeissal | outras 13 resenhas | Aug 16, 2023 |
I haven’t previously read anything by this author, and hope not to read any more stories by her.

I will first admit that from the beginning I didn’t like this story – I liked nothing about it.

Neither did I understand the point of it.

Laura is the protagonist. She is visited by Braggioni almost every night; he strums his guitar and sings to her.

Laura is tired when she comes home and wants to lie down but she doesn’t say so; she says “Have you a new song for me this evening?” (She sounds like a woman who loves too much.)

Laura listens “with pitiless courtesy”. “--- she does not smile at his miserable performance.”

Braggion is sensitive to slights and it is dangerous to offend him.

He is a skilled revolutionist with an excess of self-love.

He has a “gluttonous bulk”.

There is a “disunion between her way of living and her feeling of what life should be”.

It is not explained how Laura comes to end in this situation with the unwanted visits of the obese, singing Braggioni, and why she cannot do something to get rid of him.

She is in Mexico, where she teaches children English. She visits prisoners and brings them food, cigarettes, money and messages.

The author states that the “scarlet blossoms” of the Judas tree are “dull purple”. How can they be both?? But we are not told where the Judas tree is.

The scrawny Braggione is a poet and a leader of men. How can he be both scrawny and have a gluttonous bulk? Or perhaps he once was scrawny and later grew gluttonous and obese?

He has “good food and abundant drink”. He has a wife. He confesses “One woman is really as good as another for me, in the dark.”

Braggione loves pistols, cannon and, best of all, dynamite.

We are told that Eugenio’s body has not yet been discovered by the guard, but we have not been introduced to Eugenio, and don’t know who he is.

It turns out Eugenio had taken tablets given to him by Laura, all of them. Why does she give him tablets that can kill him, whoever he is?

Braggioni’s wife weeps constantly – he is the cause of all her sorrows. I would also weep constantly if I were married to Braggioni.

This is such a confused story: we are not told things clearly.

Yet it was much appreciated when first published and probably still is. In 1966 the author received a Pulitzer Prize.

In the final paragraph Laura has a dream where she is told to leave the house. She reaches for Eugenio’s hand. The Judas tree is in the dream and sets her upon the earth and finally to a sea that is not water but a desert of crumbling stone.

Eugenio says he is taking her to Death and they must hurry as it is a long way off. He strips the “warm, bleeding flowers” from the Judas tree and Laura eats the flowers greedily. Eugenio calls her ”Murderer” and ”Cannibal!”

I assume the dream means she quickly has to get away from Braggioni, but she is going to Death, nonetheless. And I fail to understand the significance of the Judas tree.

Read the story at your peril!
… (mais)
IonaS | Dec 2, 2022 |



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