English III Honors
February 19, 2010
Katherine Anne Porter Here is a woman who put things straight through the will of God. Katherine Anne Porter did it all, and chose perfection of life and of work. She worked as a critic, a singer, an actress, and most importantly of all a writer. Through numerous marriages, divorces, deaths, and personal crises, Porter established herself as accomplished author. Porter’s collection of works includes: short stories, short storie collcetions, short novels, novels, and essays. Katherine Anne Porter brought her reader’s into her stories by using precise details and symbols, a clear-cut insight into human behavior, and the darker side of the human spirit. She used her life, experiences, and morals to help shape the way of her stories to her life, comparable to the novel, “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall.” Katherine Anne Porter was born Callie Russell Porter on May 15, 1890, in Indian Creek, Texas. She was the fourth child of five from parents, Harrison Boone Porter and Mary Alice Jones Porter. Her mother died when she was only two, later she blamed her father for the death of her mother, who had given birth to five children in eight years. Porter was then raised by her father and paternal ,grandmother Catharine Ann Skaggs Porter, a stern disciplinarian whose reminiscences of the Civil War and tales of her family's past were Porter's first introduction to the art of storytelling. She died in 1901 when Porter was eleven, but her strong character provided a model for grandmothers in her stories. Later in life Porter changed her name to Katherine Anne Porter because of her grandmother and the influence she had on Porter. After the familys death the Porters moved to several different towns in Texas and Lousiania, and Porter bagan to change, and disassociated from schooling.
Porter was raised in Louisiana and educated in many different free schools in Texas, and Louisianan. From early childhood Porter had been writing stories, an activity she described as the passion of her life. ( Unger 5: 433) She attended her first real source of schooling in small Southern convent school, Thomas School for Girls. (Harcourt) She later ran away from the school for a man by the name of John Henry Kroontz, who she marred. (proquest biographies). She never knew any writers and lived completely outside literary influences. As soon as she learned to form letters on paper, at about three years of age, she began to write stories. (proquest biographies). She only had the education of grammar school and an art school in Mexico. Porter then moved to Chicago, where she worked as a journalist, and movie extra; then moved to Denver, Colorado 1918, where she worked as a drama critic for the Rocky Mountain News. In 1919, she moved to Greenwich Village, NY and made her living as a ghost writer, writing children's stories and doing publicity work for a motion picture company. ( David Galens 5: 98 ). In 1920 she moved to Mexico and became involved in a coup attempt to overthrow the president. (Kathleen Wilson 1: 108). Porter going down to Mexico to overthrow the presidents shows that she was no ordinary writer, but outspoken, and who believed in what mattered to thoughts. Between 1920 and 1930, she traveled back and forth between Mexico and New York City and began publishing short stories. Between her many journeys she went down the aisle four times. Porter was first married to John Henry Kroontz whom she ran away from the Thomas School for girls at the age of sixteen. They married in 1906 and then divorced in the year 1915. Porter was married four times. In 1926 she married Ernest Stock and lived briefly in Connecticut before divorcing him in 1927. (proquest biography) In 1930, she married writer Eugene Pressley she divorced Pressley and married Albert Russel Erskine, Jr., a graduate student who was 20 years younger than...
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