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(May 15, 1890 – September 18, 1980 / Indian Creek, Texas)

Katherine Anne Porter
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Callie Russel Porter, born in Indian Creek, Texas, was the fourth of five children of Harrison Boone Porter and Alice (Jones) Porter. Her family tree can be traced back to American frontiersman Daniel Boone, a heritage of which she was proud.

In 1892, when Porter was two years old, Porter's mother died two months after giving birth to her last child. Porter's father took his four surviving children (an older brother had died in infancy) to live with his mother, Catherine Ann Porter, in Kyle, Texas. The depth of her grandmother's influence can be inferred from Porter's later adoption of her name. Her grandmother died while taking eleven-year-old Callie to visit relatives in Marfa, ... more »

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  • I have no patience with this dreadful idea that whatever you have in you has to come out, that you can't suppress true talent. People can be destroyed; they can be bent, distorted, and completely crip...
    Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980), U.S. novelist and story writer. As quoted in "Contexts" [poem], Epigram, by Irena Klepfisz (1982).
  • ''The real sin against life is to abuse and destroy beauty, even one's own—even more, one's own, for that has been put in our care and we are responsible for its well-being.''
    Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980), U.S. short-story writer, novelist. Herr Freytag, in Ship of Fools, pt. 3 (1962).
  • Human life itself may be almost pure chaos, but the work of the artist—the only thing he's good for—is to take these handfuls of confusion and disparate things, things that seem to be irreco...
    Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980), U.S. short-story writer, novelist. Interview, Writers at Work, Second Series, ed. George Plimpton (1963).
  • There seems to be a kind of order in the universe, in the movement of the stars and the turning of the earth and the changing of the seasons, and even in the cycle of human life. But human life itself...
    Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980), U.S. short-story writer, novelist. Interview in Writers at Work, Second Series, ed. George Plimpton (1963).
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  • Frederick Porter (7/28/2012 5:30:00 PM)

    That's a photo of my wife, Anne Porter, PhD. She is NOT the author.

  • Katharine Porter (1/25/2010 2:10:00 PM)

    This biography appears to be the biography of novelist Katherine Anne Porter, NOT of poet Anne Porter who is the author of the poem 'Another Sarah' identified as by the subject of the biography. Anne Poter was born in 1911 and is still alive, Please check your facts.

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