Katherine Anne Porter was born Callie Russell Porter on May 15, 1890 to Mary and Harrison Porter in Indian Creek, Texas. Her mother died during childbirth in 1892, which forced her family to uproot and move to the town of Kyle, Texas to live with her grandmother, Catherine Anne Porter (Givner 1). During this period, Porter really grew fond of her grandmother as a maternal figure and Catherine reciprocated that feeling of adoration. Upon her grandmother’s death in 1901, Porter and her father, along with her siblings, moved to San Antonio where they struggled to live day by day because of her father’s inability to provide for them. In fact, Porter blamed him a great deal later in life for his lack of effort in resolving their financial situation at that time, which made Porter grow even more distant from her father.
During her time in San Antonio, Porter was immersing herself in the dramatic arts and supported both herself and her father by teaching these subjects herself. At this point, she was seeking a way out of this situation, which resulted in her first marriage. In 1916, a month after her sixteenth birthday, Porter married John Henry Koontz of Inez. Throughout her brief marriag...
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...also become the basis for several of her literary works, the most profound example of which being “María Concepción.” María had to overcome the misfortune of not only discovering her own husband’s infidelity, but also having a miscarriage without him being by her side. Both women were scorned by the ones who claimed to love them; and that is their common ground.
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Givner, Joan. "PORTER, KATHERINE ANNE." Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association, 21 Jan. 2014. Web. 07 May 2014.
Porter, Katherine Anne. "María Concepción." The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1965. 3-21. Print.
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