Artless Tales

Or, Romantic Effusions of the Heart by Anna Maria Porter

"Artless Tales: or, Romantic Effusions of the Heart" was the second book of short stories (both called "Artless Tales") that Anna Maria Porter published. With surprising sophistication, she creates brave, risk-taking heroines, who face loss and danger on the road to love and marriage to worthy heroes. Porter (1778–1832), who started her publishing career at age fourteen, became a celebrated and prolific novelist.


Erika Cleveland is a student in the Department of English’s MAS in film and media studies program, as well as an alum, having earned a BA in English (literature) in 2013 and an MA in English in 2022. She is currently a staff member in Barrett, the Honors College at ASU.

Devoney Looser is Regents Professor of English at ASU.

Claire McCarville is a student in the ASU Department of English’s BA in English (literature) program.

A. J. Otero is an ASU graduate, having earned a BA in liberal studies and minor in anthropology in 2022.