17. Katherine Anne Porter

  1. Alfred Bendixen Professor founder Executive Director2 and
  2. James Nagel Professor Rockefeller Fellow3
  1. Ruth M. Alvarez

Published Online: 16 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444319910.ch17

A Companion to the American Short Story

A Companion to the American Short Story

How to Cite

Alvarez, R. M. (2010) Katherine Anne Porter, in A Companion to the American Short Story (eds A. Bendixen and J. Nagel), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444319910.ch17

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Texas A&M University, USA

  2. 3

    University of Georgia, USA

Author Information

  1. Curator of Literary Manuscripts at the University of Maryland Libraries, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 19 FEB 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405115438

Online ISBN: 9781444319910



  • Katherine Anne Porter;
  • Porter's reputation as a literary artist - established in the decade of the 1920s;
  • My Chinese Marriage, a book that was to appear serially in national magazine Asia;
  • “Go Little Book,” - brief introduction to Collected Stories, asking “the reader one gentle favor”;
  • Braggioni, embodiment of sensual delight in “Flowering Judas”;
  • “Hacienda” and “That Tree,” - the last two of Porter's Mexican stories;
  • Porter's shortest story “Magic” in summer 1928 issue of transition - her debut in the highly regarded “little magazines” of the era;
  • Porter striving to produce fiction - expressing issues and ideas central to concerns of humankind;
  • raising important questions for her readers to ponder - and arousing the intellect and the emotions


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • References and Further Reading