The Never-Ending Wrong

May 23, 2013

 This is J. Bradley Minnick with Facts About Fiction.


“I sometimes think I had an extraordinarily painful sort of life because I had so many shocking kinds of experiences. Just psychological you know and that sort of thing. And, I now think everyone of them were exactly what I needed. I really do. I believe they were good for me because I had a tendency to think I could do anything. I would try anything.” 


                                                                                      -Katherine Anne Porter

Katherine Anne Porter, author Flowering Judas and Other Stories, The Ship of Fools, and The Never-Ending Wrong, came from a family of storytellers, including her father’s second cousin William O. Henry.

Always restless, at 21 Porter ran away from her marriage and eventually landed in Chicago.

Here are the facts:

In 1911, Porter took a newspaper job and was sent to the Old S. and A., a movie studio, to do a story. Porter got in the wrong line and suddenly found herself acting in a courtroom scene. Because the pay was considerably better, Porter stayed on for a week.

When she returned to her newspaper job, she was paid 18 dollars for her “week’s non-work” and promptly fired.

Read an interview with Katherine Anne Porter.