Interview of Katherine Anne Porter by Howard Rovelstad, December 2, 1971, College Park, MD, tape one of three

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Interview of Katherine Anne Porter by Howard Rovelstad on December 2, 1971, College Park, MD. The first of three tapes. Before the formal interview begins, Porter talks a bit about the framed page from the Sebastian Brandt work and the Covarrubias caricature of her. She discusses how she learned to write, her family background and education, and important experiences. She responds to a question about her creative process with a discussion of "Flowering Judas." She also responds to questions about the period it took her to write Ship of Fools, her Cotton Mather book, the significance of the woodcarver in Ship of Fools, the role of the artist, and the portion of a work of art that is original. 024942-002 (gap at 2:20-3:03) includes Porter's commentary on the items in the Porter Room. She also talks about her emerald ring and the ceremony at her Spring Valley home in which she was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Maryland. Others who speak on this portion include Robert Beach and possibly Howard Rovelstad and Robert Beare.
Rovelstad, Howard; Porter, Katherine Anne, 1890-1980
Literature, Print Culture
Special Collections and University Archives
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Physical Description
1:51:32 hh:mm:ss; audiocassette
Katherine Anne Porter papers
Accession 66-5
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Other Identifiers
Fedora 2 PID: umd:684016; Handle Identifier: hdl:1903.1/33457; Catalog Key: KAP10.16.22.1; Filename: litmss-024942

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