Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Author Birthdays

May 15

Katherin Anne Porter


Writer, born in Indian Creek, Texas, USA. After being educated mainly at home, she worked as a journalist in Denver, CO and Chicago. She would later elaborate on and exaggerate certain aspects of her life, but she does seem to have lived in Mexico and in Europe for some years, and married three times. Her first collection of short stories, Flowering Judas, and Other Stories (1930), gained her considerable acclaim, and for many years she was admired entirely for short stories and novellas, often drawing on Roman Catholic symbolism from her past, while expressing her liberal views on present society. With her best works somewhat relegated to schools as minor classics, she astonished the literary world with the publication of her only novel, Ship of Fools (1962), a rather bitter and ironic view of humanity. This gained her a final round of appreciation as her Collected Stories (1965) won both the Pulitzer and National Book Award, and she fired a parting shot with her critical account of the Sacco-Vanzetti trial and execution, The Never-Ending Wrong (1977).

Information found at: http://www.biography.com/search/article.do?id=9444852

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