Everything That Rises Must Converge

Everything That Rises Must Converge

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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.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1993, ©1965
ISBN: 9780374504649
Branch Call Number: PAPERBACK Classics OCo
Characteristics: xxxiv, 269 ; 20 cm


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Apr 06, 2019

The introduction by Robert Fitzgerald is alone worth the price of admission. Written shortly after O’Conner’s death from lupus, he knew her when she was just beginning to write, when she worked on “Wise Blood” in a tiny garage apartment on his property. What may have been perceived as a life of anguish cut short in her early 40s instead emerges as a grand inquisition into the nature of portraying real people, rural people, southern people in full honesty. This collection of her late short stories reveals one sad and horrifying tale after another, tales of retribution, mostly. She has been compared to Sophocles for “all the truth and all the craft with which she shows man’s fall and his dishonor.” —Thomas Merton

Mar 18, 2017

Alana Massey recommended


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