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Katherine Anne Porter was born Callie Russell Porter on May 15, 1890, in Indian Creek, Texas, the daughter of Harrison and Mary Alice Jones...

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(Masterpieces of American Literature)

The critic Edmund Wilson called Porter’s stories baffling and elusive. These are apt descriptive terms, for Porter’s stories and her single novel do not yield their meaning easily. Yet the experiences narrated are intense, the characters are undeniably human and real, and their feelings are clear and strong. The human spirit is presented in all its variety, and this spirit is not easily described. In her own words, as well as in the comments of many critics, it is just this spirit that Porter’s works are all about, however difficult it is to identify and define.

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(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

There are conflicting reports of dates from Katherine Anne Porter’s life, partly because Porter herself was not consistent about her biography. Nevertheless, the main events are fairly clear. Her mother, Mary Alice, died less than two years after Katherine Anne’s birth. Subsequently, her grandmother, Catherine Anne Porter, was the most important adult woman in her life, and after the death of her grandmother in 1901, Katherine Anne was sent away by her father to an Ursuline convent in New Orleans, then in 1904 to the Thomas School for Girls in San Antonio. She ran away from her school in 1906 to marry John Henry Kroontz, the twenty-year-old son of a Texas rancher. She remained with him seven years (some reports say her marriage...

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(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Katherine Anne Porter was born Callie Russell Porter in Indian Creek, Texas, on May 15, 1890. She was the third of five children born to Harrison and Mary Alice Jones Porter. When her mother died in 1892, she and her brothers and sisters moved to Kyle, Texas, where they were cared for by their paternal grandmother, Catherine Anne Porter. When Grandmother Porter died in 1901, Harrison Porter sold the farm in Kyle and moved with his family to San Antonio.

Facts about Porter’s early life and education have been difficult to substantiate, partly because Porter’s own accounts were evasive or inconsistent. Although her family apparently was Methodist, Porter attended convent schools, possibly for a time in New Orleans,...

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(Society and Self, Critical Representations in Literature)

Katherine Anne Porter began her literary career as a journalist; necessity forced her, at age twenty-seven, into the field. Writing reviews for the Critic, a Fort Worth weekly newspaper, earned Porter a paycheck and a reputation as a good reporter. Shortly after beginning her career as a journalist, Porter applied her writing skills to a new genre—fiction. Porter rapidly developed her talent for writing fiction, and she is most famous as the author of some of America’s finest short stories. Such stories include “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall” and “Flowering Judas.”

Much of Porter’s early life was spent in miserable poverty. Her mother died when she was two years old, and her paternal grandmother, a strict disciplinarian and devout Baptist, reared Porter in Kyle, Texas. She was educated in convent schools until she was sixteen. Although Porter managed to leave the poverty and region of her childhood, she often returned to her origins in her fiction. “Noon Wine,” “Rope,” and “Holiday” are only a few of the stories Porter wrote about poor people in southern Texas. Many of Porter’s stories, such as “Old Mortality” and “The Old Order” are also autobiographical, and Miranda, the heroine of many of these stories, resembles Porter in some ways. Porter’s autobiographical stories reveal and explore the experience of growing up female in the South.

When Porter was sixteen, she married John Koontz. This marriage, like the three that were to later follow, was brief and ended in divorce. After leaving Koontz, Porter converted to Catholicism. Although she was hardly a strict Catholic, Porter’s religion influenced much of her fiction. Many of her stories, including “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall,” “Flowering Judas,” and “He,” feature religious and spiritual epiphanies.

Porter’s divorce from her first husband was also the impetus to her vocation. To support herself financially, Porter began writing for newspapers. As a journalist, Porter traveled across the United States and eventually to Mexico, which would become the setting of such popular stories as “María Concepción.” She also learned to write the taut, clear prose that is the defining characteristic of her fiction.

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(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Katherine Anne Porter is an example of the artist who labors through a long life to produce a very few miniatures, which are so finely wrought that they challenge the greatest masterpieces. Indeed, some of her short fiction is among the best ever written. Porter was born in a log cabin in the small village of Indian Creek, near Brownweed, Texas, on May 15, 1890. Her father, a farmer, was shortly thereafter forced to move to southern Texas following the death of her mother.

As a result of this loss, Porter’s education was limited; she received early instruction at home from her grandmother and was then sent to convent schools in Texas and Louisiana. This scant formal training was curtailed by marriage at the age of...

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Katherine Anne Porter was born Callie Russell Porter in Indian Creek, Texas, on May 15, 1890. As with her pen name, Porter frequently...

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Katherine Anne Porter was one of those born writers, whose need for telling stories began in childhood when she made up interesting...

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Katherine Anne Porter was born in Indian Creek, Texas, in 1890. Her mother died when she was two, and her family moved to Austin where she...

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Katherine Anne Porter Published by Gale Cengage

Katherine Anne Porter was born Callie Russell Porter on May 15, 1890, in Indian Creek, Texas, and lived a life that rivals any fiction. In...

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Katherine Anne Porter was born Callie Russell Porter in Indian Creek, Texas, on May 15,1890. She grew up on a farm in Kyle, Texas, a small...

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Katherine Anne Porter was born in Indian Creek, Texas, on May 15, 1890, the daughter of Harrison and Mary Alice Jones Porter. Porter was proud of her descent from Daniel Boone, the brother of her great-great-grandfather. Her mother died in 1892, and the family moved to Kyle, Texas, where she was raised by her grandmother.

She early showed her independent and intrepid spirit. Educated at home and in several convent schools in the South, Porter eloped at sixteen and was divorced at nineteen. The name of her first husband is not known. Her apprenticeship as a writer began with a newspaper job in Chicago, where she also acted small parts in films. In Denver, Colorado, she worked for the Rocky Mountain News and,...

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Porter was born Callie Russell Porter on May 15, 1890, in a two-room log cabin in the Texas frontier community of Indian Creek. Porter's...

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