Katherine Anne Porter Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Katherine Anne Porter Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Katherine Anne Porter once suggested that when she sat down to write about her life as accurately as possible, it turned into fiction; indeed, she knew no other way to write fiction. Whether this anecdote is true, it is certain that capturing the past with great detail was an important ingredient in her writing. In a number of the short stories, and in two of the best short novels, Miranda, the central character, is very close to being Porter herself. These stories follow Miranda’s life from infancy in her grandmother’s house in South Texas to her scrape with death from influenza in Colorado at the age of twenty-four—her first major step toward maturity.

Concerning the time of her illness, Porter has said that it...

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