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Contains three short novels, - Old Mortality, a story of race tracks, of the Deep South, of the survival and shattering of a family legend; Noon Wine, Texas and a dairy farm rescued from decay by a man who turns out to be an escaped lunatic from Dakota and of the tragedy that ended it all; Pale Horse, Pale Rider, a mystical story of the narrow ledge between life and death, set at the time of the flu epidemic. Stories which add new laurels to those Miss Porter has already acquired as one of the great stylists of today, in the Katharine Mansfield school. Simplicity, beauty, clarity, distinction and a sense of drama implicit in character and circumstance, mark her work. (Kirkus Reviews ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Most good stories are about the interior of our lives, but Katherine Anne Porter's stories take place there," said Eudora Welty. "They show surface only at her choosing."
Pale Horse, Pale Rider comprises three of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author's short novels or long stories, as Porter--who didn't hold with the term "novella"--called her pieces. In the masterly "Noon Wine," set on a Texas farm circa 1900, she offers an unforgettable study of evil. According to Reynolds Price the tale "can stand shoulder to shoulder with anything in Tolstoy or Chekhov." Both "Old Mortality" and the title story center on Porter's fictional counterpart, Miranda: a resilient Southern heroine who, as Mary Gordon observed, is in "the precarious position of a woman who must earn her way with no one behind her to break her fall."
"Many of Katherine Anne Porter's stories are unsurpassed in modern fiction," said Robert Penn Warren. "Miss Porter has the power that Chekhov or Frost or Ibsen, or sometimes Pound, has, the power to make the common thing glow with an Eden-like innocence." And The Saturday Review stated, "Porter moves in the illustrious company headed by Hawthorne, Flaubert, and Henry James."
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These three longer short stories telling the mysteries of living and dying represent Porter at her best. They are gems.Published 25 days ago by David
Required for my American Lit class. I wasn't intrigued or interested at all.Published 1 month ago by Porschia
Great short stories, especially Pale Horse, about Kathrine's near death after contracting the Spanish Flu in 1917.Published 2 months ago by Roger
Perhaps I expected too much. I was bored with all three novels and had to force myself to continue to the end of each. Won't read it again.Published 8 months ago by AvidReader
I learned about this short novel while watching a documentary about the influenza epidemic of 1918. Some parts of it were quoted which made me want to read it. Read morePublished 12 months ago by laura
Simply, a fantastic collection of short novels that captures a mood and a time. It is a shame these aren't more well known.Published 12 months ago by Mike Dahlstrom
A short novel written by a woman who nearly died in the 1918 Influenza outbreak. When she finally recovered, she found out that her fiancé, who had nursed her at the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by MW
"She lay on a narrow ledge over a pit she knew to be bottomless... and soft carefully shaped words like oblivion and eternity are curtains hung before nothing at all.... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mark