Katherine Anne Porter: Noon Wine (1064 words)

Katherine Anne Porter’s 1937 story “Noon Wine” was published with “Old Mortality” and “Pale Horse, Pale Rider” in the collection Pale Horse, Pale Rider in 1939. In the summer of 1939, Wallace Stegner wrote for Virginia Quarterly Review that “Noon Wine” was “the best of the three, though not perfectly proportioned”, adding that “Noon Wine” “communicates; it has voltage” (30). The “conductivity” of “Noon Wine”, as Stegner describes it, has attracted many readers since, and the short work has been twice adapted to television, most recently by Michael Fields in 1985 and more famously by Sam Peckinpah for ABC Stage 67 in 1966.

“Noon Wine” covers nine years in the lives of t…

Wanat, Matt. "Noon Wine". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 November 2011
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