Porter’s reputation as one of america’s most distinguished writers rests chiefly on her superb short stories. This volume includes the collections Flowering Judas; Pale Horse, Pale Rider; and The Leaning Tower as well as four stories not available elsewhere in book form. Winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.
"Miss Porter's singularity as a writer is in her truthful explorations of a complete consciousness of life. Her prose is severe and exact; her ironies are subtle but hard...Her power to make a landscape, a room, a group of people, thinkingly alive is not the vague, brutal talent of the post-Hemmingway reporter but belongs to the explicit Jamesian period and suggest the whole rather than the surface of a life....She is an important writer in the genre because she solves the essential problem: how to satisfy exhaustively in writing briefly." -- New Statesman