Katherine Anne Porter


Birthday May 15, 1890

Birth Sign Taurus

Birthplace Texas

DEATH DATE Sep 18, 1980 (90)

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An American novelist, journalist, and essayist, she is known for her best-selling 1962 novel, Ship of Fools. For her 1965 work, The Collected Stories, she won both the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award.

Before Fame

She worked briefly as an extra in movies while living in Chicago. She later returned to her home state of Texas, where she continued working as an actress.


She nearly lost her life as a result of the 1918 influenza epidemic.

Family Life

She and her four siblings were born in Indian Creek, Texas and were descendants of frontiersman Daniel Boone and cousins of writer O. Henry. She was married four times but had no children.

Associated With

She once claimed to have married Hart Crane.