Selected Letters of Katherine Anne Porter
Chronicles of a Modern Woman

Edited By Darlene Harbour Unrue

420 pages (approx.), 6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, introduction, chronology, index

978-1-61703-620-0 Printed casebinding $55.00S

978-1-62846-175-6 Paper $30.00D

Printed casebinding, $55.00

Paper, $30.00

The most thorough gathering of the great American writer's lively correspondence

Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980) produced a relatively small body of fiction, but she wrote thousands and thousands of letters. The present selection of 135 unexpurgated letters, written to seventy-four different persons, begins with a 1916 letter written from a tuberculosis sanatorium in Texas and ends with a 1979 letter dictated to an unnamed nursing-home attendant in Maryland. Different from any previous selection, this body of letters does not omit Porter's frank criticism of fellow writers and spans her entire life. Within that circumscription is the chronicle of Porter, a twentieth-century woman searching for love while she struggles to become the writer she is sure she can be. Porter's letters vividly showcase the twentieth century as the writer observes it from her historical vantage points-- tuberculosis sanatoria and the influenza pandemic of 1918; the leftist community in Greenwich Village in the 1920s; the Mexican cultural revolution of the 1920s and early 1930s; the expatriate community in Paris in the 1930s; the rise of Nazism in Europe between the World Wars; the Second World War and its concomitant suppression of civil liberties; Hollywood and the university circuit as a haven for financially strapped writers in the 1940s and 1950s; the Cold War and its competition for supremacy in space; the Women's Rights and the Civil Rights movements; and the evolution and demise of literary modernism.

Darlene Harbour Unrue, Las Vegas, Nevada, is professor of English at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has written and/ or edited nine books on Katherine Anne Porter, including Katherine Anne Porter: The Life of an Artist (University Press of Mississippi) and the Library of America's Katherine Anne Porter: Collected Stories and Other Writings.

420 pages (approx.), 6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, introduction, chronology, index