Critics call Texas-born writer Katherine Anne Porter a "poet of the story." Her carefully crafted short fiction earned her the highest acclaim, including the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. But her most accomplished stories spring from her childhood in central Texas—what she once called her "native land of the heart." When asked whether her fiction was autobiographical, Porter explained that her stories were "true in the way that a work of fiction should be true, created out of all the scattered particles of life I was able to absorb and combine and shape into new being." More»

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Portrait of Katherine Anne Porter. Courtesy of the Papers of Katherine Anne Porter, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.