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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 deathis 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.

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.

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 lifetimeEverything 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 deathis 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.

Winner of the National Book Award

"The stories burn brighter than ever, and strike deeper."Walter Clemons, Newsweek

"What we lost when she died is bitter. What we have is astonishing: the stories burn brighter than ever, and strike deeper."Walter Clemons, Newsweek

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"She could put everything about a character into a single look, everything she had and knew into a single story...For her, people were complete in their radical weakness, their necessarily human incompleteness. Each story was complete, sentence by sentence. And each sentence was a hard, straight, altogether complete version of her subject: human deficiency, sin, error — ugliness taking a physical form." Alfred Kazin New York Times Book Review, 11/28/71

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"One of the greatest writers of our time." Toni Morrison

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"What we lost when she died is bitter. What we have is astonishing: the stories burn brighter than ever, and strike deeper." Walter Clemons, Newsweek

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"[S]he expressed something secret about America, called 'the South,' with that transcendent gift for expressing the real spirit of a culture..." New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Robert Giroux

The Geranium

The Barber

Wildcat

The Crop

The Turkey

The Train

The Peeler

The Heart of the Park

A Stroke of Good Fortune

Enoch and the Gorilla

A Good Man Is Hard to Find

A Late Encounter with the Enemy

The Life You Save May Be Your Own

The River

A Circle in the Fire

The Displaced Person

A Temple of the Holy Ghost

The Artificial Nigger

Good Country People

You Can't Be Any Poorer Than Dead

Greenleaf

A View of the Woods

The Enduring Chill

The Comforts of Home

Everything That Rises Must Converge

The Partridge Festival

The Lame Shall Enter First

Why Do the Heathen Rage?

Revelation

Parker's Back

Judgement Day

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megcampbell3, March 11, 2008 (view all comments by megcampbell3)
This read is like walking through rooms of a labyrinthine southern mansion, alone and unnoticed by its inhabitants, witnessing random bits of random lives at what turn out to be pivotal moments. By the time the last paragraph of "Greenleaf" is taken in (the 21st of 31 stories), Flannery O'Connor is some kind of writer's goddess, and the present world is colored by these stories which are somehow equally representative of a projected idea of the 1950's and 1960's in the southern United States, as well as Flannery O'Connor's interior life, famously short-lived. Amazing, disturbing stories.
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christi, November 5, 2006 (view all comments by christi)
If you have an aspiring writer in your family or group of friends, please buy them this book. They will thank you a million times. This is by far one of the very best in American writing. Flannery O'Connor wrote with the most perfect sense of humanity and humility. As an Iowan, I take special pride that she spent some of her very short life on our "shores" at the Writer's Workshop. As an American, I'm proud that she spent some of her days writing these beautiful stories. A must buy.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780374515362
Author:
O'Connor, Flannery
Publisher:
Noonday Press
Introduction by:
Giroux, Robert
Introduction:
Giroux, Robert
Author:
Giroux, Robert
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
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Literary
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Social life and customs
Subject:
Wine and wine making
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Short Stories (single author)
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American fiction (fictional works by one author)
Subject:
Short stories
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Collections and anthologies
Subject:
Southern states
Subject:
Brewing
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Short stories, American
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Beverages
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Beverages -- Amateurs' manuals.
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Stories (single author)
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Literature-A to Z
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Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
14
Publication Date:
19710131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
576
Dimensions:
8.2 x 5.4 x 1.7 in 1.1 lb

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"Review" by , "She could put everything about a character into a single look, everything she had and knew into a single story...For her, people were complete in their radical weakness, their necessarily human incompleteness. Each story was complete, sentence by sentence. And each sentence was a hard, straight, altogether complete version of her subject: human deficiency, sin, error — ugliness taking a physical form." Alfred Kazin New York Times Book Review, 11/28/71
"Review" by , "One of the greatest writers of our time."
"Review" by , "What we lost when she died is bitter. What we have is astonishing: the stories burn brighter than ever, and strike deeper."
"Review" by , "[S]he expressed something secret about America, called 'the South,' with that transcendent gift for expressing the real spirit of a culture..."
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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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