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Katherine Anne Porter: Collected Stories & Other Writings (Anglais) Relié – 18 septembre 2008

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Eudora Welty said that Katherine Anne Porter ?writes stories with a power that stamps them to their very last detail on the memory.? Set in her native Texas and her beloved Mexico, prewar Nazi Germany and the gothic Old South, they are stories of love, outrage, betrayal, and spiritual reckoning that are severe but never cruel, and always exquisitely precise. They number fewer than thirty, but as Robert Penn Warren commented, ?many are unsurpassed in modern fiction,? and when gathered in one volume in 1965 they won their author both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. The Library of America now reprints that landmark volume, The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter, and pairs it with a completely new selection from Porter?s long-out-of-print short prose. Expanding the contents of her 1952 collection The Days Before to include both early journalism and major pieces from her final three decades, the prose works collected here are grouped in four parts: critical essays on writers she loved and learned from, including James, Cather, Lawrence, and Colette; personal essays and speeches on such topics as the craft of writing, her own work, women in myth and in history, and American politics; essays and reports on Mexican life, letters, and revolution; and two previously uncollected forays into autobiography.

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HASH(0x9780f6e4) étoiles sur 5 The complete table of contents 20 février 2012
Par Roger Zeus - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Since Amazon doesn't include the complete contents, I'll list them here in hopes somebody might find them of use.

Go Little Book
Flowering Judas and Other Stories
María Concepción
Virgin Violeta
The Martyr
That Tree
The Jilting of Granny Weatherall
Flowering Judas
The Cracked Looking-Glass
Pale Horse, Pale Rider
Old Mortality
Noon Wine
Pale Horse, Pale Rider
The Leaning Tower and Other Stories
The Old Order
The Source
The Journey
The Witness
The Circus
The Last Leaf
The Fig Tree
The Grave
The Downward Path to Wisdom
A Day's Work
The Leaning Tower
"I needed both . . ."
The Days Before
Reflections on Willa Cather
A Note on The Troll Garden
Gertrude Stein: Three Views
"Everybody Is a Real One"
Second Wind
The Wooden Umbrella
"It Is Hard to Stand in the Middle"
Eudora Welty and A Curtain of Green
The Wingèd Skull
On a Criticism of Thomas Hardy
E. M. Forster
Virginia Woolf
D. H. Lawrence
A Wreath for the Gamekeeper
"The Laughing Heat of the Sun"
The Art of Katherine Mansfield
The Hundredth Role
Dylan Thomas
"A death of days . . ."
"A fever chart . . ."
"In the morning of the poet . . ."
A Most Lively Genius
Orpheus in Purgatory
In Memoriam
Ford Madox Ford (1873-1939)
James Joyce (1882-1941)
Sylvia Beach (1887-1962)
Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964)
Personal and Particular
On Writing
My First Speech
"I must write from memory . . ."
No Plot, My Dear, No Story
"Writing cannot be taught . . ."
The Situation of the Writer
The Situation in American Writing
Transplanted Writers
The International Exchange of Writers
The Author on Her Work
No Masters or Teachers
On "Flowering Judas"
"The only reality . . ."
"Noon Wine": The Sources
Notes on the Texas I Remember
Portrait: Old South
A Christmas Story
Audubon's Happy Land
The Flower of Flowers
A Note on Pierre-Joseph Redouté
A House of My Own
The Necessary Enemy
"Marriage Is Belonging"
A Defense of Circe
St. Augustine and the Bullfight
Act of Faith: 4 July 1942
The Future Is Now
The Never-Ending Wrong
Why I Write About Mexico
Reports from Mexico City, 1920-1922
The New Man and the New Order
The Fiesta of Guadalupe
The Funeral of General Benjamín Hill
Children of Xochitl
The Mexican Trinity
Where Presidents Have No Friends
In a Mexican Patio
Leaving the Petate
The Charmed Life
Sor Juana: A Portrait of the Poet
Notes on the Life and Death of a Hero
A Mexican Chronicle, 1920-1943
Blasco Ibanez on "Mexico in Revolution"
Paternalism and the Mexican Problem
La Conquistadora
¡Ay, Que Chamaco!
Old Gods and New Messiahs
Diego Rivera
These Pictures Must Be Seen
Rivera's Personal Revolution
Parvenu . . .
History on the Wing
Thirty Long Years of Revolution
About the Author
The Land That Is Nowhere
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HASH(0x9780f738) étoiles sur 5 A Master of Short Fiction 18 septembre 2008
Par R. M. Simmons - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Katherine Anne Porter's stories, as well as her novel "Ship of Fools," have never gone out of print. They've always been available in some edition or another, albeit mostly in paperback. So it's gratifying to see her stories finally grace the Library of America series, in a handsome new hardcover edition edited by her most recent biographer, Darlene Unrue. The bonus, of course, is the inclusion of nearly all of Porter's finest essays and personal and particular pieces. Most of these have been out of print for decades, and many are masterpieces in their own right. Also, two previously unpublished autobiographical sketches are included. Ms. Unrue has seleced a fine array of non-fiction pieces and provided invaluable notes at the end of the volume.

Reprinted is Porter's beautiful tribute to Willa Cather, as well as her famous caricature of Gertrude Stein. Both essays reveal as much about Porter herself, and her passionate convictions, as their intended subjects. Whether in praise or damnation, Porter's comments about literature, morality, politics, aesthetics, and the role of the artist in society are illuminating of their particular time and place. They are also timeless and thought provoking, even disturbing and downright jolting. Every epoch has its peculiar preoccupations, which can become timeless works of art or distortions of what it means to be human. In the Cather essay, Porter discusses the preoccupation with experimentation of early literary modernism, then deftly segues into the horrific medical experiments carried out by Nazi Germany. This is classic Porter--the limitless, unfettered human spirit she so admired, as personified by Willa Cather, juxtaposed with the flip side of the coin, the sinister aspects of human nature. It is precisely these explorations that are the hallmarks of her fiction, and it's no wonder that critics and readers alike continue to marvel at the depths she was able to penetrate in relatively short space. In that aspect she is all but peerless.

Every line written by Katherine Anne Porter testifies to her striking originality. Porter's influences were diverse, but the final distillation of those influences resulted in a voice that is uniquely her own and bears no resemblance to any other master. And "master" she was, triumphantly so. Robert Penn Warren's assertion that her best work is unsurpassed in modern literature holds true as much today as when he first proffered the remark, nearly seventy years ago.

KAP's 1982 biographer, Joan Givner, complained that Porter's stories were being supplanted in anthologies by current favorites that were often inferior to Porter's work. Hopefully, this volume will help rectify what Givner rightly called "an error in judgment." Personal tastes may vary, but no one can objectively say that any other short story master surpassed Katherine Anne Porter. Only the absolutely finest story writers, past and present, are her equals. The 1,100 pages of this Library of America edition--released on the 28th anniversary of Porter's death--amount to a literary treasure. In fact, a national treasure.
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HASH(0x9780fa14) étoiles sur 5 Sublime storytelling that reveals a lost sun in the heavens of fiction. 23 juin 2009
Par Donald A. Newlove - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
This is Library of America at its best, a volume wonderful just to hold as you read. I'd read Porter's lone novel "Ship of Fools" thirty or forty years ago but was not prepared for the sharp subliminal eye she brings to every sentence of her stories and short novels. Until I look it over again, I must call "Ship of Fools" a far lesser work than the glories set forth here. In some stories I thought at first that Porter'd sunk to mere storytelling, but by story's end found myself wonderstruck. She has no commonplaces of speech or description, never writes a sentence just for information--it will have color or tone or some purpose beyond information. For example, the very amusing, brilliant story "A Day's Work" opens with the sound of rats scrambling inside a wall, an apt image for poverty-stricken Irish New Yorkers during the seventh year of the Depression--although the so-called rats turn out to be a dumbwaiter lifting groceries from below to an upstairs apartment, while this story's comic realism later swerves into time-gaps of foot-slipping rock-solid drunkenness. Most of these stories were written in the nineteen-twenties and thirties, long before the arrival of magical realism from Garcia-Marquez, but they often have a magical effect that sinks you so deep into the events and consciousness of the characters that you find yourself carried by some underground river from event to unheralded event. When you begin each story it's often hard to believe that this is the same writer of the earlier stories of hers you've just read. So it's pointless to choose some single story as my favorite--they all differ in genre, unless you think of Porter's magnifying eye and depth of sensibiity as a genre unto itself--but for me her "Pale Horse, Pale Rider" remains matchless even by her (and outshines Tolstoy's short novel "The Death of Ivan Illych"), which is not to say that other stories herein don't have passages of power equal to "Pale Horse, Pale Rider". But if you are a writer yourself--and no matter how skilled--this story (and this volume) can nonetheless leave you skinless with envy.
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HASH(0x9780ff3c) étoiles sur 5 Porter 23 novembre 2008
Par A. Johnson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I love Katherine Anne Porter anyway but this collection is definitive. I had read her fiction before but this collection includes her book reviews and her thoughts about other writers and how they influenced her. While I don't worry about where writers get their ideas or styles, her insights into literature are always very interesting.
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HASH(0x9780f7f8) étoiles sur 5 A Master at Work 9 novembre 2008
Par Sam Sattler - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
With the publication of Collected Stories and Other Writings, Katherine Anne Porter, author of Ship of Fools, some twenty-six short stories, numerous essays, sketches, speeches and reviews, becomes part of the remarkable Library of America series (its 186th volume) honoring the work of America's greatest and most important writers.

This one-volume collection, edited by Porter biographer Darlene Unrue, includes all of Porter's short stories (including the three that Porter herself preferred to call "short novels") and eighty nonfiction pieces, most of which have been out-of-print for years. Of particular interest among the nonfiction pieces selected for this volume by Unrue are two previously unpublished autobiographical essays written in 1933 and 1974 in which Porter discusses her early life and the influences on her writing. And, of course, readers searching for more information about Porter's long life and career will appreciate the 21-page "Chronology" placed at the end of this 1100-page book that details her ninety-year lifetime.

Porter was often a critic of her times, but she took her criticism a step or two further by her general criticism of society and even of human nature itself. She was most certainly a keen observer of people, and some of her best stories are the often deceptively simple ones that focus on the unique relationship between husbands and wives. These are largely conversational presentations that clearly illustrate just how much is left unsaid in a marriage, stories in which real feelings are shown inside the heads of her main characters but never expressed out loud in the long conversations between husband and wife. Two particularly fine examples of this type are Porter's "Rope" and "The Cracked Looking Glass," both of which were included in her first short story collection, Flowering Judas and Other Stories.

Porter, born in Indian Creek, Texas, near San Antonio, had the familiarity and love for Mexico shared by so many Texans. Her earliest published short stories are set during the Mexican Revolution years between 1910 and 1920, and her nonfiction pieces include more than two dozen essays on her love for that country and what she experienced there during such a dramatic period of its history. That Porter felt as much at home in Mexico as in Texas is obvious because of the depth to which she captured these times and Mexico's people.

The last publication of Porter's lifetime, 1977's "The Never-Ending Wrong," her reaction to the famous Sacco-Vanzetti case, is perhaps one of the most powerful pieces she ever wrote. Porter, who stood with hundreds of others outside the prison while the two were executed for their crime, admits that she could not determine for herself their actual guilt or innocence. But she makes a strong argument that their trial was one of those "in which the victim was already condemned to death before the trial took place." She likens their trial to the trials of Jesus, Joan of Arc, those tried in Salem during the infamous witchcraft trials of 1692, and those condemned to death by Stalin in his 1937 Moscow show trials.

Collected Stories and Other Writings should help solidify Katherine Anne Porter's literary reputation for generations to come, something that was becoming more and more difficult to do because so much of her work was out-of-print prior to this publication. Darlene Unrue has placed a wide range of Porter's best work in one volume, a book that will prove to be a must-have for Porter fans and an important book for anyone who appreciates the best short fiction produced in the twentieth century.
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