Date Published: 1921 to 1965
Binding: No binding & hard cover
Katherine Anne Porter was an American journalist, short story writer, novelist, and political activist, best known for her novel, The Ship of Fools (1962). She had three nominations for the Nobel Prize in Literature and won in 1966 the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Collected Stories.
The collection contains 7 items dating from 1921 to 1965, specifically 2 books, one with 1 post card, 1 pamphlet, 2 lobby cards and 1 Signed Card.
2 Books (one with a post card):
• M.T.F [Mai Tiam Franking], My Chinese Marriage. New York: Duffield and Co., 1921. Tan paper boards, quarter bound in blue cloth with printed paper label, top edge gilt, in slightly chipped dust jacket. A very good copy.
With a white card affixed to front free endpaper (creased somewhat) signed: “Katherine Anne Porter | 20th March 1958 | For Roger Harris with best wishes”. Apparently ghostwritten by Porter. Waldrip and Bauer, Porter’s bibliographers, note: “Mr. Edward Schwartz states that Miss Porter had written him that this book was 'a mere setting down of someone else's story, nothing of my own'” (Waldrip & Bauer A1, author's first book). • The Days Before. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1952. Dull greenish blue cloth in slightly chipped dust jacket, inscribed on the front free endpaper: “For Jackie [Jacquelyne] and Morris [Greenhut] | long life and happiness | in your home - | Yours Katherine Anne | 13 August 1954 | Ann Arbor”.
With a post card addressed to the Greenhuts, 15 October 1959, saying that the past 15 months have been a wild spin for her, providing them with her address, hoping that they and their children are well and happy. Morris Greenhut (1909-1997) was a professor of English at the University of Michigan.
1 Small pamphlet:
• Ben Shahn. Sweet Was the Song. Roosevelt, New Jersey: s.n., 1956. 14 leaves. A small pamphlet, 5" × 3-1/8", wire-stitched, with drawings and text by Shahn, a variant of his publication in the same year with the Museum of Modern Art. Signed and inscribed by Porter on the first blank page: “For Floyd and Maude | This favorite Carol | For Christmas | with love - | Katherine Anne | Dec 20 1958” and in the original envelope also inscribed by Porter. Only three copies located at public institutions. Porter sent several copies of this pamphlet to friends. She and Shahn collaborated together in 1967 when Delacorte Press published Porter’s A Christmas Story.
2 color lobby cards:
• Ship of Fools. (11" × 14"), Columbia Pictures, 1965, directed by Stanley Kramer and starring Vivien Leigh, Simone Signoret, José Ferrer and Lee Marvin
1 Signed Card:
• Signed card addressed to Arthur E. Schneider, 11 April 1969, quotation written by Porter from Pindar, the Greek poet, translated by C.M. Bowra, 5 lines beginning "Beauty which creates....".
Collection on consignment with LDRB.