Everything That Rises Must Converge

      Flannery O'Connor

Everything That Rises Must Converge

Flannery O'Connor was working on Everything That Rises Must Converge at the time of her death. This collection is an exquisite legacy from a genius of the American short story, in which she scrutinizes territory familiar to her readers: race, faith, and morality. The stories encompass the comic and the tragic, the beautiful and the grotesque; each carries her highly individual stamp and could have been written by no one else.

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    Flannery O'Connor Complete Short Stories

      Flannery O'Connor

Flannery O'Connor Complete Short Stories

Featuring all of American author Flannery O'Connor's short stories, this collection reveals the author's contemplations on religion, morality, and fate, set against the backdrop of the American South. The collection contains O'Connor's most famous works of short fiction, including "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" and "Everything That Rises Must Converge," and reveals her many significant contributions to the Southern Gothic genre.

Though she met with only mild popularity during her short life, Flannery O'Connor's short stories have since been recognized as important works of American literature, and the original anthology of her complete stories won the National Book Award for fiction in 1972, seven years after her death.

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    The Violent Bear It Away

      Flannery O'Connor

The Violent Bear It Away

First published in 1955, The Violent Bear It Away is now a landmark in American literature. It is a dark and absorbing example of the Gothic sensibility and bracing satirical voice that are united in Flannery O'Conner's work. In it, the orphaned Francis Marion Tarwater and his cousins, the schoolteacher Rayber, defy the prophecy of their dead uncle--that Tarwater will become a prophet and will baptize Rayber's young son, Bishop. A series of struggles ensues: Tarwater fights an internal battle against his innate faith and the voices calling him to be a prophet while Rayber tries to draw Tarwater into a more "reasonable" modern world. Both wrestle with the legacy of their dead relatives and lay claim to Bishop's soul.

O'Connor observes all this with an astonishing combination of irony and compassion, humor and pathos. The result is a novel whose range and depth reveal a brilliant and innovative writers acutely alert to where the sacred lives and to where it does not.

Review

"I am sure her books will live on and on in American Literature" --Elizabeth Bishop

"There is very little contemporary fiction which touches the level of Flannery O'Connor at her best." --Alan Pryce-Jones, New York Herald Tribune

About the Author

Flannery O'Conner was born in Savannah, Georgia in 1925. When she died at the age of thirty-nine, America lost one of its most gifted writers at the height of her power.

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    Mystery and Manners

      Flannery O'Connor

Mystery and Manners

At her death in 1964, O'Connor left behind a body of unpublished essays and lectures as well as a number of critical articles that had appeared in scattered publications during her too-short lifetime. The keen writings comprising Mystery and Manners, selected and edited by O'Connor's lifelong friends Sally and Robert Fitzgerald, are characterized by the directness and simplicity of the author's style, a fine-tuned wit, understated perspicacity, and profound faith.

The book opens with "The King of the Birds," her famous account of raising peacocks at her home in Milledgeville, Georgia. Also included are: three essays on regional writing, including "The Fiction Writer and His Country" and "Some Aspects of the Grotesque in Southern Fiction"; two pieces on teaching literature, including "Total Effect and the 8th Grade"; and four articles concerning the writer and religion, including "The Catholic Novel in the Protestant South." Essays such as "The Nature and Aim...

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