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The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter by Katherine Anne Porter
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Jan 04, 2011

bookshelves: american-fiction, american-short-stories, pre-wwii-american-fiction, southern-fiction
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I'm afraid that Katherine Anne Porter is slowly being forgotten by the American body literary, which is unfortunate because she is witty, observant, and deeply influential. I can't imagine the Just-Like-You-and-Me contemporary American writers without the precedent that Porter set.

Her strongest works are the later ones, everything from the stories contained in "Pale Horse, Pale Rider" forward. In particular, "The Leaning Tower" is an unsung wonderment... 30 pages of American-abroad disenchantment, and one of the funniest things I've read in months. And yet she's able to work in so many different styles of writing in so many settings. Ms. Porter, return to popularity, we need you.
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