Author(s): Katherine Anne Porter
A collection that gathers together Pulitzer Prize-winning short fiction, including "Pale Horse, Pale Rider", where a young woman lies in a fever during the influenza epidemic, her childhood memories mingling with fears for her fiance on his way to war, and "Noon Wine", a haunting story of tragedy and scandal on a small dairy farm in Texas.
Katherine Anne Porter's short stories are unsurpassed in modern fiction -- Robert Penn Porter writes English of a purity and precision almost unique in contemporary fiction - Edmund Wilson She solves the essential problem: how to satisfy exhaustively in writing briefly - V.S. Pritchett Porter's stories take accurate and deadly aim... dazzling - The New York Times
Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980) lived a long life which fluctuated between glamour and loneliness. Porter experienced firsthand many of the most iconic events of the twentieth century and wrote about most of them. Growing up on a farm in Texas at the end of the nineteenth century, she was a lifelong advocate of liberal social politics, and worked as a journalist on the American home-front during the First World War; she barely survived the influenza epidemic of 1918; moved to Greenwich village during its heyday as a center of radical politics and bohemian artists; lived in Mexico during and after its failed revolution; was in Europe during the rise of Nazism; and returned to the US during the Cold War and rabid McCarthyism.