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Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 11/19/2010

Read this: Katherine Anne Porter, fabulist lady of letters

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Porter in her Georgetown home in 1962. (Douglas Chevalier)

Katherine Anne Porter -- now there was a piece of work. The mid-century literary grande dame was notorious for cooking up imaginary love affairs with oblivious friends -- one of them the hotshot D.C. lawyer E. Barrett Prettyman Jr. (He was half her age at the time.) But he remained her friend and executor -- and now, 30 years after the death of the "Ship of Fools" author, is part of a complex legal struggle over her literary estate, currently housed at the University of Maryland, Michael Rosenwald reports.

By The Reliable Source  | November 19, 2010; 11:44 AM ET
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