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Katherine Anne Porter

1890–1980
Katherine Anne Porter, 1947. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Major works:
“Flowering Judas” • “Pale Horse, Pale Rider” • “Noon Wine”

“In a style as invisible as the rhythm of a voice, and as much her own as her own voice, she tells her stories of horror and humiliation and in the doing fills her readers with a rising joy. The exemplary prose that is without waste or extravagance or self-indulgence or display, without any claim for its triumph, is full of pride. And her reader shares in that pride, as well as he might: it is pride in the language, pride in using the language to search out human meanings, pride in the making of a good piece of work.”
—Eudora Welty

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Noon Wine

Katherine Anne Porter

In this society of my childhood there were all sorts of tender ways of feeling and thinking, subtle understanding between people in matters of ritual and ceremony; I think in the main a civilized society, and yet, with the underlying, perpetual ominous presence of violence; violence potential that broke through the smooth surface almost without warning, or maybe just without warning to children, who learned later to know the signs.

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