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Acknowledgments My gratitude for the help, advice, and good examples on which I have drawn for this book go back so far that I’m reluctant to start mentioning names for fear I will inadvertently omit some. Yet I cannot ignore my many debts. I particularly want to thank Ann Romines, of The George Wash­ ing­ ton University , for telling me that she would be eager to see anything more that I might have to say about Porter; Mark Busby, of Texas State University in San Marcos; Walter Buenger and the late Bob Calvert, historians of Texas at Texas A&M University , College Station; Beth Alvarez, Curator of Literary Manuscripts Emerita, the University of Maryland, College Park, for her responses to vari­ ous questions and especially for her help with illustrations; Aryn Glazier, with the Dolph Briscoe Historical Center at the University of Texas, for assistance with the photograph of Porter made in 1958; Bonnie Shimmin, for assuring me that an early version of the manuscript really was an interesting read; Sylvia Grider, now retired from Texas A&M University, for her perspectives on folklore and material culture; Dan Waterman of the University of Alabama Press; Allison Faust, of the University of Texas Press, Steve Davis, of Texas State University, Ann Close, with Knopf; anonymous readers whose evaluation of earlier versions of the manuscript greatly helped me to improve it; Mary Sifuentes, Carolina de Leon, and other staff members of the Evans Library at Texas A&M University, without whose help I could not have written either this book or several others that preceded it; and of course my dear husband, Loren Lutes, who, though puzzled by my “hurry” to get this book done (before I got too old to write it, I might have told him), was as patient, interested, and supportive as ever. He was, as always, a fount of helpful comments. For permission to quote from unpublished manuscripts, I am grateful to the University of Maryland Libraries and to the Katherine Anne Porter Founda- xviii / Acknowledgments tion. For photographic images of Porter, I am again grateful to the University of Maryland, the Porter Foundation, and the Dolph Briscoe Historical Center, University of Texas. The photographic image of the lynched body of Jesse Wash­ ing­ ton is from the Library of Congress. I initially began this book with the goal of pulling together my essays and articles on Katherine Anne Porter scattered among vari­ ous journals and volumes. As I got into it, though, I found that I was actually reproducing very little from those publications. Even so, for whatever bits I may have used, whether ideas or actual words, I wish to thank the editors and publishers who brought the following before readers in the first place: “Mr. Hatch’s Volubility and Miss Porter’s Reserve.” Essays in Literature 12 (1985): 285–93. “Miranda’s Guarded Speech: Porter and the Problem of Truth-­ Telling.” Philo­ logical Quarterly 66 (1987): 259–78. Strategies of Reticence: Silence and Meaning in the Works of Jane Austen, Willa Cather, Katherine Anne Porter, and Joan Didion. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1990. “‘Something of a Reputation as a Radical’: Katherine Anne Porter and the Question of Communism.” South Central Review 10 (1993): 49–66. “Katherine Anne Porter’s ‘Reflections on Willa Cather’: A Duplicitous Homage .” Ameri­can Literature 66 (1994): 719–35. Katherine Anne Porter: A Sense of the Times. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1995. “Behind ‘Reflections on Willa Cather’: Katherine Anne Porter’s Drafts and Marginalia and the Dilemmas of Literary Sisterhood.” Legacy 14 (1997): 31–43. “Katherine Anne Porter.” In Texas Women Writers: A Tradition of Their Own, ed. Sylvia Ann Grider and Lou Halsell Rodenberger. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1997. 124–33. “Katherine Anne Porter’s ‘The Old Order’: Writing in the Borderlands.” Studies in Short Fiction 34 (1997): 493–506. “Katherine Anne Porter and Mark T wain at the Circus.” South­ern Quarterly 36 (1998): 113–23. “On Stage at the Great House: Cather, Porter, and the Performance of South­ ernness.” South­ern Studies 9 (1998): 27–43. “Writing Home: Katherine Anne Porter, Coming and Going.” Southwestern Ameri­can Literature 24 (1998): 11–22. Acknowledgments / xix “Katherine Anne Porter.” Ameri­can National Biography. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999. 704–6. “On the Pitfalls of Literary Biography: The Case of Joan Givner and Katherine Anne Porter.” South­ern Quarterly 37 (1999): 129–38. “‘Practically dead with fine rivalry’: The Leaning Towers of Katherine Anne Porter and Glenway Wescott.” Studies in the Novel...


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