Katherine Anne Porter was born on May 15, 1890, in Indian Creek, Texas. Porter received an O. Henry Award for her short story “Holiday” (1962) and the 1966 Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award in fiction forThe Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter(1965). With clarity and attention to detail, Porter’s short fiction examines its characters in great depth. In the author’s own words, she was interested in the very small, or “what the French callla petite histoire.” Yet Porter’s novelShip of Fools(1962), a reflection on her travels to Germany on a 1931 Guggenheim Fellowship, transcends the miniature, using allegory to question the nature of good and evil on the brink of World War II. Porter, a favorite for interviews and speaking engagements, was known for her personal style. Her most notable fiction includesFlowering Judas(1930),Noon Wine(1937), andPale Horse, Pale Rider(1939). In 1980, after residing for many years in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C., Porter died in Silver Spring, Maryland at the age of ninety.