The Complete Stories by Flannery O'Connor

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Winner of the National Book Award


The publication of this extraordinary volume firmly established Flannery O'Connor's monumental contribution to American fiction. There are thirty-one stories here in all, including twelve that do not appear in the only two story collections O'Connor put together in her short lifetime--Everything That Rises Must Converge and A Good Man Is Hard to Find.


O'Connor published her first story, "The Geranium," in 1946, while she was working on her master's degree at the University of Iowa. Arranged chronologically, this collection shows that her last story, "Judgement Day"--sent to her publisher shortly before her death--is a brilliantly rewritten and transfigured version of "The Geranium." Taken together, these stories reveal a lively, penetrating talent that has given us some of the most powerful and disturbing fiction of the twentieth century. Also included is an introduction by O'Connor's longtime editor and friend, Robert Giroux.

 

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Flannery O’Connor 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 powers. W. A. Sessions is the Regents’ Professor of English Emeritus at Georgia State University. He was a personal friend of O’Connor and has become a scholar of her work.
 
Published January 1, 1971 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 579 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science & Math, War, Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 1971 ISBN: 0374515360 Page count: 5...

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In the outspoken spirit of his author, and amid the political scandals of the Vietnamese War and, just recently, Watergate, Giroux couched his praise for O’Conner this way: In an age of mendacity, duplicity and document-shredders, the clear vision of Flannery O’Connor not only burns brighter tha...

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It is nearly impossible to read Carlene Bauer's Frances and Bernard and not wonder about the works Bauer is referencing. For those who want to read actual work by O'Connor and Lowell, these two collections are great launch points. The short stories of O'Connor won her the

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