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Porter, Katherine Annefree

Born Texas, USA, 15 May 1890; family American (originating in Virginia) since 1648; d of Harrison Boone Porter, born in Kentucky, and Mary Alice Jones, Texas; m 1933, Eugene Dove Pressly (divorced); m 1938, Albert Russel Erskine, jun. (divorced); no c; died 18 Sept. 1980

author, lecturer and teacher to students of writing, in Colleges and Universities in USA, Mexico and Europe


private schools for girls in Louisiana and Texas. Guggenheim Foundn Fellowship, 1931–38; Gold Medal, Soc. for the Libraries of NY Univ., 1940; Fellow of Library of Congress, 1944 (Fellow of Regional American Literature)


Lectr to students of writing, Stanford Univ., California, 1948–49; Vice-Pres., Nat. Inst. of Arts and Letters, NY, 1950; guest lectr on Literature, Spring Semester, Univ. of Chicago, 1951; one of reps of American Lit. to Internat. Festival of the Arts, Paris, 1952; Vis. Lectr in Contemporary Poetry, Univ. of Michigan, 1953–54; Fulbright Grant, Vis. Lectr, Univ. of Liège, 1954–55; Writer-in-residence, First Semester, Univ. of Virginia, 1958–59; Glasgow Prof., Second Semester, Washington and Lee Univ., Va, 1959; Ewing Lecturer, University of California, Los Angeles (UCPA), 1960; Dept State grants (USIA) Lecturer on American Literature, Mexico, 1960, 1964; first Regents’ Lectr, Univ. of California, Riverside, 1961. Appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson as Member Commn on Presidential Scholars, 1964. Poetry Consultant, Library of Congress, 1965–70. Hon. DLit Woman’s Coll., Univ. of North Carolina, 1949; Hon. DLitt Hum, Univ. of Michigan, 1954; Hon. DLitt: Smith Coll., 1958, Maryville Coll., 1968; Sladmore Coll., 1976; Howard Payne Univ., 1976; Hon. DHL, Univ. of Maryland, 1966; Hon. Phi Beta Kappa, Univ. of Maryland, 1966. Doctor of Fine Arts, La Salle Coll. Emerson-Thoreau Bronze Medal for Service to Literature, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1962; Nat. Book Award for Fiction, 1966; Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 1966; Gold Medal for Literature, National Inst. of Arts and Letters, 1967; Edgar Allan Poe Award Mystery Writers of America, 1972


books: Flowering Judas, 1930; Pale Horse, Pale Rider, 1939; The Leaning Tower, 1944; Ship of Fools, 1962; Collected Stories, 1965; A Christmas Story, 1967; essays: The Days Before, 1952; Collected Essays and Occasional Writings, 1969; history: The Never-Ending Wrong, 1977; translations: Katherine Anne Porter’s Old French Song Book, Paris, 1933; The Itching Parrot (from the Spanish), 1942


Old music, medieval history, reading, cookery; growing camellias, roses, irises