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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)
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. O'Connor wrote two novels, Wise Blood (1952) and The Violent Bear It Away (1960), and two story collections, A Good Man Is Hard to Find (1955) and Everything That Rises Must Converge (1964). Her Complete Stories, published posthumously in 1972, won the National Book Award that year, and in a 2009 online poll it was voted as the best book to have won the award in the contest's 60-year history. Her essays were published in Mystery and Manners (1969) and her letters in The Habit of Being (1979). In 1988 the Library of America published her Collected Works; she was the first postwar writer to be so honored. O'Connor was educated at the Georgia State College for Women, studied writing at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and wrote much of Wise Blood at the Yaddo artists' colony in upstate New York. She lived most of her adult life on her family's ancestral farm, Andalusia, outside Milledgeville, Georgia.
Flannery O'Connor wrote great - not good, but great - short stories that couldn't have been written anywhere but in the U.S. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Vince Marinelli
I bought this edition of Flannery O'Connor's "Complete" Stories because it is large and in decent-size type. Read morePublished on April 20 2011 by Duck
This is probably the most amazing collection of short stories I have ever read. O'Connor presents Southern people at their best and worst. Read morePublished on Nov. 19 2004
You'd think that with the short story really being and "American" form, like Jazz and baseball, that more writers would come by it naturally---not so. Read morePublished on June 2 2004
This has got to be one of the funniest things I have ever read in my life! Iqhope, did you not know that Virginia is a Southern state?Published on April 22 2004
There's a famous saw (that some attribute to the English evangelist David Watson) to the effect that, "The Holy Spirit is a gentleman. Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2004
Since I couldn't afford to go back to school to get my Masters, I thought it might be wise to obtain the required reading list and read myself through an alternate education. Read morePublished on Oct. 19 2003 by iqhope
For her narrative talent, the lady gets at least 4 stars. But be forewarned: her stories can be cruel (e.g. the murder of children). Read morePublished on April 8 2003
Genius! These stories remind me how much we can learn from people very different from ourselves. A Southern American white woman, O'Conner offers invaluable gems on American... Read morePublished on Nov. 20 2002 by Aaron