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Selected Letters of Katherine Anne Porter: Chronicles of a Modern Woman

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Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980) produced a relatively small body of fiction, but she wrote thousands and thousands of letters. The present selection of 135 unexpurgated letters, written to seventy-four different persons, begins with a 1916 letter written from a tuberculosis sanatorium in Texas and ends with a 1979 letter dictated to an unnamed nursing-home attendant in Maryland. Different from any previous selection, this body of letters does not omit Porter's frank criticism of fellow writers and spans her entire life. Within that circumscription is the chronicle of Porter, a twentieth-century woman searching for love while she struggles to become the writer she is sure she can be. Porter's letters vividly showcase the twentieth century as the writer observes it from her historical vantage points--tuberculosis sanatoria and the influenza pandemic of 1918; the leftist community in Greenwich Village in the 1920s; the Mexican cultural revolution of the 1920s and early 1930s; the expatriate community in Paris in the 1930s; the rise of Nazism in Europe between the World Wars; the Second World War and its concomitant suppression of civil liberties; Hollywood and the university circuit as a haven for financially strapped writers in the 1940s and 1950s; the Cold War and its competition for supremacy in space; the Women's Rights and the Civil Rights movements; and the evolution and demise of literary modernism.

Synopsis:

The most thorough gathering of the great American writer's lively correspondence

About the Author

Darlene Harbour Unrue, Las Vegas, Nevada, is professor of English at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has written and/or edited nine books on Katherine Anne Porter, including Katherine Anne Porter: The Life of an Artist; (University Press of Mississippi) and the Library of America's Katherine Anne Porter: Collected Stories and Other Writings.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781617036217
Subtitle:
Chronicles of a Modern Woman
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Editor:
Unrue, Darlene Harbour
Author:
Unrue, Darlene Harbour
Subject:
Letters
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
American literature
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Authors, American - 20th century
Subject:
Porter, Katherine Anne
Subject:
Literary Collections : Letters
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Literary
Subject:
Social Science : Women's Studies - General
Publication Date:
20121128
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
420

Related Subjects

Biography » Literary
Fiction and Poetry » Anthologies » General
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies

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