Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter (1965) won the Pulitzer Prize. This collection contains the best of Porter’s short stories.
Porter’s Pale Horse, Pale Rider: Three Short Novels (1939) contains ‘‘Noon Wine’’—one of her most talked-about stories that deals with evil—and ‘‘Old Mortality’’ and the title piece, both of which are narrated through the eyes of Miranda, a female protagonist that Porter used in many of her short stories. Many critics believe this to be Porter’s best collection.
Although Porter enjoyed writing short stories more than novels, after thirty years of working on it, Ship of Fools (1962) was published and became an instant bestseller. The story is short on action, but the psychological depth of her characters makes this book a very fascinating read.
Porter was a prolific letter writer, and much of her correspondence has been collected in Letters of Katherine Anne Porter (1990), edited and selected by Isabel Bayley. It was in her letters that Porter most often talked about her writing process, often working out details of some of her stories in them. Reading her letters gives aspiring writers a look behind the scenes of Porter’s polished works.
Eudora Welty liked to read Porter’s stories, so if readers like Porter, they might enjoy reading Welty’s Collected Stories (1980). Welty is considered one of the great American masters of the short story.
Another master of the short story is Anton Chekhov. His 75 Grands and Other Stories, Complete Early Short Stories by Anton Chekhov (2001) is a great way to get to know this classic Russian writer.
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