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1966 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Winner

The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter by Katherine Anne Porter


Publisher: Harcourt Books

Length: 495 pages

About: 27 Texan/Mexican Short Stories

Style: 1st and 3rd person

Where: US (Texas) & Mexico

When: 1950s/60s


Publisher’s synopsis:

Porter’s reputation as one of America’s most distinguished writers rests chiefly on her superb short stories. This volume includes the collections Flowering Judas; Pale Horse, Pale Rider; and The Leaning Tower as well as four stories not available elsewhere in book form.



: "The streets are polished like a table top and they are as wide as--" he would measure with his eye the street they were walking in, a very narrow crooked dirty little street in an old colonial Spanish city--"oh, five times as wide as this. And the buildings--" he would glance up, disgust in his face for the flat roofs lowering over them--"they are all of stone and marble and are carved, carved all over"




She is one of those original artists who half-deliberately develop their talents in isolation rather than by the exchange of ideas with friends, working through dozens of failures to the discovery of their talents true nature….Perhaps the most constant thing about her work is it continual fresh flow of feeling and sympathy.

Times Literary Supplement 9th January 1964


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About the author

Katherine Anne Porter was born in Indian Creek, Texas on 15 May 1890. At age fifteen she married John Henry Koontz, the first of four husbands. Throughout her entire life she would continue to have passionate affairs marked by dramatic and vicious break-ups. In 1917, after a battle with tuberculosis, Porter took a job as a society columnist for the Fort Worth CRITIC. Two years later she moved to Greenwich Village, where she began to work seriously as a fiction writer. From 1948 to 1958, Porter taught at Stanford; the University of Michigan; the University of Liège, Belgium; Washington and Lee University; and the University of Texas where her unconventional manner of teaching made her popular with students.. In 1959, she moved to Washington to write Ship of Fools, a novel which provided her finally with financial security she reportedly sold the film rights for $500,000


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2016 Pulitzer Prize Winner

It's a massive day in arts and journalism because the 100th annual Pulitzer Prize winners were just announced, and there's a big surprise. 2015's best artistic and nonfiction writing across 21 categories were recognized during a ceremony Monday afternoon at Columbia University in New York City. The first Pulitzer Prize was awarded to Hebert Bayward Swope, a reporter for The New York World, in 1916. (And if you're as big a fan of Newsies as I am, that paper should ring a bell, but try to think of it more positively.)

The major prize for book nerds, the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction went to The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Press), a legitimate surprise, if you've been paying attention to the book nerd and industry buzz. The feeling around the prize in the last few months would have you putting all your hard-earned cash down on A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara to take home the award, but that's why you should never gamble. Viet Thanh Nguyen is no less deserving, and moreover, it's his debut novel, which makes it such a wonderful win.

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