Ship of Fools

Date

1962

Identifier

Central PS3531 O752 S5

Publisher

Boston: Little, Brown

Abstract

In her author’s note, Katherine Anne Porter mentions the medieval source for her title: Sebastian Brant’s Das Narrenschiff, a satirical poem, especially critical of corruption in the Church. She was taken with ‘this simple almost universal image of the ship of this world on its voyage to eternity.’ She assembles a party of disparate characters, who sail from Mexico to Europe on the Vera, a German passenger-ship. In this microcosm of life, Porter treats contemporary political events and human weaknesses and vices.

Files

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Citation

Katherine Anne Porter, “Ship of Fools,” ourheritage.ac.nz | OUR Heritage, accessed June 22, 2024, https://ourheritage.ac.nz/items/show/8521.