The Resource Katherine Anne Porter and Mexico : the illusion of Eden, by Thomas F. Walsh

Katherine Anne Porter and Mexico : the illusion of Eden, by Thomas F. Walsh

Label
Katherine Anne Porter and Mexico : the illusion of Eden
Title
Katherine Anne Porter and Mexico
Title remainder
the illusion of Eden
Statement of responsibility
by Thomas F. Walsh
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In 1920, an unknown journalist named Katherine Anne Porter first sojourned in Mexico. When she left her "familiar country" for the last time in 1931, she was the celebrated author of Flowering Judas and Other Stories and had accumulated a wealth of experiences and impressions that would inspire numerous short stories, essays, and reviews, as well as the opening section of her only novel, Ship of Fools. In this perceptive study of Porter's Mexican experiences, Thomas Walsh traces the important connections between those events and her literary works. Separating fact from the fictions that Porter constantly created about her life, he follows the active role that she played in Mexican political and intellectual life--even to the discovery of a plot to overthrow the Mexican government, which eventually figured in Flowering Judas. Most important, Walsh discerns how the great swings between depression and elation that characterized Porter's emotional life influenced her alternating visions of Mexico. In such works as "Xochimilco," Porter saw Mexico as an earthly Eden where hopes for a better society could be realized, but in other stories, including "The Fiesta of Guadalupe," she depicts Mexico as a place of hopeless oppression for the native peoples. Mexico, Porter once said, gave her back her Texas past. Given the unhappiness of that past, her feelings toward Mexico would always be ambivalent, but her Mexican experiences influenced all her subsequent works to some degree, even those pieces not specifically Mexican in setting. Walsh's study, then, is an essential key for anyone seeking greater understanding of the life or works of Katherine Anne Porter
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1925-1991
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Walsh, Thomas F.
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3531.O752
LC item number
Z846 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Porter, Katherine Anne
  • Porter, Katherine Anne
  • Porter, Katherine Anne
  • Porter, Katherine Anne
  • Women and literature
  • Americans
  • Authors, American
  • American fiction
  • Mexico
  • Mexico
  • México en la literatura
  • Mexiko
  • Mexiko
Label
Katherine Anne Porter and Mexico : the illusion of Eden, by Thomas F. Walsh
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Porter and Mexican Politics -- 2. Porter in Mexico, 1920-1921 -- 3. Porter and Mexican Art, 1922 and 1923 -- 4. Thinking of Mexico, 1924-1930 -- 5. Mexico Once More, 1930-1931 -- 6. Becoming Miranda -- 7. Ship of Fools
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xvi, 269 pages, [6] pages of plates
Isbn
9780292743113
Lccn
91024381
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)24066263
Label
Katherine Anne Porter and Mexico : the illusion of Eden, by Thomas F. Walsh
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Porter and Mexican Politics -- 2. Porter in Mexico, 1920-1921 -- 3. Porter and Mexican Art, 1922 and 1923 -- 4. Thinking of Mexico, 1924-1930 -- 5. Mexico Once More, 1930-1931 -- 6. Becoming Miranda -- 7. Ship of Fools
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xvi, 269 pages, [6] pages of plates
Isbn
9780292743113
Lccn
91024381
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)24066263

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