Pale Horse, Pale Rider

By: Katherine Anne PORTER

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Miranda's narrative opens with a fretful dream foreshadowing death as the first hint that she is becoming ill during the course of the deadly influenza epidemic of 1917-18. The tightly woven story takes the reader through a month of Miranda's life as a newspaper theater columnist, a young single woman struggling with a relationship with a soldier about to be "shipped over," and an observer of the World War I frenzy that engulfed America. The final pages are made up of Miranda's intermittent delirious dreams and perceptions from the depth of her illness. She slowly recovers, only to learn that her Adam has succumbed to the same illness and that the war has ended. Packed into this beautifully crafted tale is a treasure trove of insight into the war and the influenza epidemic, both of which serve as metaphors for the quest for meaning and love in the life of the protagonist. There is some description of the response of the city to the epidemic, and a close view of the mass effect of an epidemic on perceptions and reactions to the environment. Made into a film in 1980, the book is inscribed by author on the title page. Another signature at top of front pastedown.

Title: Pale Horse, Pale Rider

Author Name: Katherine Anne PORTER

Categories: Other,

Publisher: NY, Modern Library: 1949

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Type: Book

Inscription: Inscribed by Author(s)

Seller ID: pme40

Keywords: modern library 20th cent. fiction