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Kyle in Hays County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Katherine Anne Porter

(May 15, 1890 - September 18, 1980)

 
 
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By Larry D. Moore, July 3, 2018
1. Katherine Anne Porter Marker
Inscription.  Katherine Anne Porter, one of America's most distinguished writers of fiction, was born Callie Russell Porter in Indian Creek, Brown County, Texas. Her mother, Mary Alice Jones Porter, died in 1892, and her father, Harrison Boone Porter (1858-1942) returned with the children to his native Hays County to live with his mother, Catherine Ann Skaggs Porter (1826-1901).

Porter spent her childhood in Kyle and attended the public schools here. Following a brief failed marriage, she left Texas in 1915. She went to Chicago and, using the name she adopted from her grandmother, became a journalist. She traveled throughout the world and began her writing career.

Porter's first book of short stories, "Flowering Judas and Other Stories," was published in 1930. Considered a preeminent writer of short stories, she published another collection, "Pale Horse, Pale Rider" in 1939. Her acclaimed 1962 novel "Ship of Fools" was followed by the Pulitzer prize-winning "The Collected Stores of Katherine Anne Porter" in 1965.

Porter returned to Texas to visit her former homes in her later years and, according to her request, upon her death
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By Larry D. Moore, July 24, 2018
2. Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center
her ashes were interred next to her mother's grave in the Indian Creek Cemetery.
 
Erected 1990 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 10310.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicWomen.
 
Location. 29° 59.359′ N, 97° 52.806′ W. Marker is in Kyle, Texas, in Hays County. Marker is at the intersection of West Center Street (Ranch to Market Road 150) and North Groos Street, on the left when traveling east on West Center Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 508 W Center St, Kyle TX 78640, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cora Jackman Donalson House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Kyle Auction Oak (about 500 feet away); First Baptist Church of Kyle (about 500 feet away); Old D. A. Young Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Wheeler Bunton (approx. 0.2 miles away); WPA Projects at Kyle School (approx. 0.2 miles away); Kyle (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lex Word and the Bon Ton (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kyle.
 
Katherine Anne Porter image. Click for full size.
Marcella Comès Winslow (image courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery), July 24, 2018
3. Katherine Anne Porter
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 24, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 24, 2018, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. This page has been viewed 110 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 24, 2018, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas.   3. submitted on July 24, 2018. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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