Katherine Anne Porter, Author, 1890-1980

Katherine Anne Porter, Author, 1890-1980

Katherine Anne imagesPorter can arguably be called Texas’ greatest writer, not merely Texas’ greatest female writer and certainly a grande dame of American literature. Her mother died when Porter was but two. She and her three siblings were raised by her paternal grandmother and a ne’er-do-well father.  Her education was sparse and sporadic. Having endured an unhappy childhood, at sixteen she married John Koontz, a neighboring rancher boy, the first of three marriages. In 1915, while recovering from tuberculosis, she began newspaper work. She spent 1920-1921 in Mexico writing magazine articles and gathering material for future stories, one of which, “Flowering Judas,” would establish her literary career. By 1922 she was in New York and sold two stories to Century magazine. Eventually Porter came to terms with her Texas roots and unhappy childhood as these were featured extensively in her later works. One such story was “Pale Horse, Pale Rider,” included her Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter,for which she won the Pulitzer Prize  in 1965. Her most famous work is Ship of Fools51KYWhEOhlL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_
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