The Southern Literary Journal, 1 October 2007, Vol.40(1), pp.152-156
Reading Darlene Harbour Unrue's Katherine Anne Porter biography after reading Pamela R. Matthews' collection of Ellen Glasgow's correspondence with women, one is struck by two particular points of distinction: the biography's emphasis on the men in Porter's life in contrast to the few references to men in Glasgow's letters, and the preeminent tone of frustration in the biography versus the overwhelming expressions of affection in the letters. Unrue's biography recounts numerous writing commitments that Porter either never fulfilled (a biography of Cotton Mather) or took decades, even scores, to complete (the novel Ship of Fools).\n Titus shows how Porter suggests another gratifying creative act that a woman can engage in besides childbearing: writing, creating a story, perhaps out of the same love relationship that might conceive a child (for Titus also shows how Porter's lovers found their way into her fiction).
Glasgow, Ellen ; Porter, Katherine Anne (1890-1980) ; Women ; Creativity ; Tone ; Writing ; Fiction ; Children ; Epistolography;
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