Katherine Anne Porter Remembered

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 2010-05-13
  • Publisher: Univ of Alabama Pr
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Katherine Anne Porter Rememberedis a collection of reminiscences and memoirs by contemporaries, friends, and associates of Porter offering a revealing and intimate portrait of the elusive and complex American writer. From a fractured and vagabond girlhood in Texas, Porter led a wildly itinerant life that took her through five marriages, innumerable love affairs, and homes in Colorado, New York, Paris, Mexico, Louisiana, California, and Maryland. With very little formal education, she grew through sheer force of will to become a major American writer of short stories and the author of several books including Flowering Judasand other stories ; Ship of Fools; Pale Horse; Pale Ride; Noon Wi≠and The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter, which won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Because of Porter’s own dissembling and half-truths about her life, as well as the numerous factual errors that persist in biographical entries and literary dictionaries, a complete and accurate portrait of her life has been hard to establish. The 63 reminiscences gathered in this book paint a vivid portrait of Porter and are testaments to her extraordinary beauty, her gift for mesmerizing and charming audiences and friends, her yearnings for a lasting home, her delusions about love, the astonishing range and scope of her reading, her sharp tongue and vindictiveness, and her final paranoid renunciations of friends and family. Along the way, Porter formed friendships with Eudora Welty, Elizabeth Hardwick, Flannery O’Connor, and Cleanth Brooks whose remembrances of her are included in this volume.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Chronologyp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Texas and Colorado, 1890-1919p. 7
Anna Gay Porter Hollowayp. 9
Donald Stallingp. 13
Willene Hendrickp. 15
Erna Schlemmer Johnsp. 20
Paul Crumep. 22
Pauline Naylorp. 25
Kathryn Adams Sextonp. 29
Kitty Barry Crawfordp. 32
Newyork, Connecticut, and Mexico, 1920-1931p. 35
W. H. Cowlesp. 37
J. Edgar Hooverp. 40
Josephine Herbstp. 42
Matthew Josephsonp. 46
Robert Plunkettp. 48
Elizabeth Andersonp. 50
Winifred Hillp. 52
Europe, Texas, and Louisiana, 1932-1940p. 55
Glenway Wescottp. 57
Toni Willisonp. 66
Paul Porterp. 68
Breckenridge Porterp. 79
Cleanth Brooksp. 81
Eudora Weltyp. 84
John Edward Hardyp. 98
Newyork, Washington, Dc, and California, 1941-1951p. 103
Marcella Coms Winslowp. 105
Eleanor Clarkp. 113
William Goyenp. 118
Richard Scowcroftp. 121
Isabel Bayleyp. 123
John Malcolm Brinninp. 133
Elizabeth Spencerp. 135
Newyork, Europe, Michigan, Virginia, and Washington, DC, 1952-1961p. 137
Elizabeth Hardwickp. 139
Seymour Lawrencep. 143
David Locherp. 145
Jeanne Rockwellp. 151
Barbara Thompson Davisp. 154
Rita Johnsp. 165
Flannery O'Connorp. 168
James Ruoffp. 171
Newyork, Washington, DC, and Maryland, 1962-1973p. 179
Frederic Prokoschp. 181
E. Barrett Prettymanp. 184
John Princep. 191
Michael Scottp. 197
Enrique Hank Lopezp. 201
William R. Wilkinsp. 206
Kathleen Feeleyp. 211
Maura Eichnerp. 216
Clark Dobsonp. 218
M. M. Libermanp. 223
Texas and Maryland, 1974-1981p. 229
Charlotte Laughlinp. 231
Joseph Gallagherp. 241
Ted Wojtasikp. 244
Jane DeMouyp. 253
Lynn Darlingp. 259
List of Reminiscencesp. 263
Notesp. 267
Works Citedp. 291
Indexp. 301
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