Katherine Ann Porter

How “Poet of the Story” Katherine Anne Porter was Shaped (And Conflicted) by Growing up in Texas

July 1, 2019 | By Lynn Freehill-Maye

She won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. President Kennedy praised her work. Vivien Leigh starred in her movie. Her life rivaled the character drama of Hemingway’s—four marriages, countless affairs, stints in New York and Paris and Mexico. But you may have never heard of Katherine Anne Porter. And even here in her home state, you’re even less likely to know that this 20th-century master of the short story could be the best writer ever born and raised in Texas.

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