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The short story “Magic” by Katherine Anne Porter is based on a tale she heard from a maid in New Orleans about a prostitute who leaves a brothel and is then drawn back with a magic spell.

Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves

  • PS3531 .O752

Circulating Books

  • Bloom, Harold. (Ed.). Katherine Anne Porter. 1986.

                    Call Number: PS3531 .O752 Z69 1986

  • Hardy, John. Katherine Anne Porter. 1973.

                    Call Number: PS3531 .O752 Z66 1973

  • Hendrick, Willene. Katherine Anne Porter. 1988.

                     Call Number: PS3531 .O752 Z683

  • Porter, Katherine Anne. The Old Order. 1969.

                     Call Number: PS3531 .O752 O5 1972

  •  Tanner, James T. F. The Texas Legacy of Katherine Anne Porter. 1990.

                      Call Number: PS3531 .O752 Z825

  • Unrue, Darlene. Truth and Vision in Katherine Anne Porter’s Fiction. 1985.

                      Call Number: PS3531 .O752 Z83

LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms-(Keywords Anywhere)

  •  Porter, Katherine Anne

Reference Materials

  • Contemporary Literary CriticismCall Number: REF PN771 .C59

o   Vol. 7, pg. 320

o   Vol. 15, pg. 432

o   Vol. 101, pg. 209-210, 224

  • Short Story Criticism –  Call Number: REF PN3321 .S5

o   Vol. 4, pg. 327-30, 339-40, 360

o   Vol. 43, pg. 177, 180, 236, 238, 253

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