This classic 1939 collection of three shortnovels, now available in an exclusive Library of America e-book edition, elevated Katherine Anne Porter, in the words of one contemporary critic, ';into the illustrious company headed by Hawthorne, Flaubert, and Henry James.'In ';NoonWine?' a family struggling to live on a farm in Texas is saved by the unexpected arrival of a mysterious strangeronly to have their world upended again by the arrival,nine years later, of a second stranger. The three parts of ';Old Mortality' introduce the teenagerMiranda and chronicle her journey of self-discovery, as she gradually realizes her family's romantic nostalgia for her absent uncle and late aunt bears little resemblance to the truth.Miranda returns in the title story, ';Pale Horse, Pale Rider.' She is now working as a drama critic for a newspaper in Denver, where she falls in love with a soldier, Adam, during the influenza epidemic of 1918. When Miranda falls ill, Adam cares for her until she is moved to a hospital. Throughout her ordeal, on everyone's mind is ';the war, thewar, the WAR to end WAR, war for Democracy, for humanity, a safe world forever and ever.'
|Publication date:||25th March 2014|
|Author:||Katherine Anne Porter|
|Publisher:||Library of America Library of America|