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Rejection in Life Katherine Anne Porter is regarded as one of the leading modern writers of short stories Born on May 5 1890 in Indian Creek Texas as the great-great-great- granddaughter of the famous American frontiersman Daniel Boone Porter was educated at various schools In the 1920s and 1930s she contributed articles to several newspapers while living in New York City Louisiana California and Washington DC as well as Mexico and Western Europe Miss Porters first collection of short stories Flowering Judas 1930 was quickly acclaimed These stories mostly have Mexican settings Porters other major collections include Hacienda 1934 Noon Wine 1937 Pale Horse Pale Rider 1939 The Leaning Tower 1944 and Collected Stories 1965 which was awarded the 1966 Pulitzer Prize in fiction Porters only novel Ship of Fools 1962 depicts an ocean voyage from Mexico to Germany on the eve of World War II Collected Essays and Occasional Writings of Katherine Anne Porter also appeared in 1970 Many of Porters works portray a rejected individual The short story The Circus tells about a large familys first visit to the circus The main character a young girl named Miranda gets very upset when she sees a clown with a horrid expression on his face almost fall off a thin wire high in the air Dicey Mirandas older relative is ordered by Mirandas father to take Miranda home Dicey is very upset about missing the circus Later that evening Mirandas family returns joyfully Miranda and Dicey have to hear all about the magnificent circus they missed which causes Miranda to burst into tears and run to her room Then Dicey must console Miranda for the horrid nightmare she has during the night about the clown at the circus Miranda believes that Dicey is upset with her for missing the circus and pleads with her to not make her stay in the room alone Dicey is frustrated with Miranda but stays with her Porters theme of
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