Flannery O'connor: Collected Works (loa #39): Wise Blood / A Good Man Is Hard To Find / The Violent Bear It Away / Everything That Rises Must Con by Flannery O'connorFlannery O'connor: Collected Works (loa #39): Wise Blood / A Good Man Is Hard To Find / The Violent Bear It Away / Everything That Rises Must Con by Flannery O'connor

Flannery O'connor: Collected Works (loa #39): Wise Blood / A Good Man Is Hard To Find / The Violent…

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Hardcover | September 1, 1988

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In her short lifetime, Flannery O’Connor became one of the most distinctive American writers of the twentieth century. By birth a native of Georgia and a Roman Catholic, O’Connor depicts, in all its comic and horrendous incongruity, the limits of worldly wisdom and the mysteries of divine grace in the “Christ-haunted” Protestant South. This Library of America collection, the most comprehensive ever published, contains all of her novels and short-story collections, as well as nine other stories, eight of her most important essays, and a selection of 259 witty, spirited, and revealing letters, twenty-one published here for the first time.

Her fiction brilliantly explores the human obsession with seemingly banal things. It might be a new hat or clean hogs or, for Hazel Motes, hero of Wise Blood (1952), an automobile. “Nobody with a good car needs to be justified,” Hazel assures himself while using its hood for a pulpit to preach his “Church Without Christ.” As in O’Connor’s subsequent work, the characters in this novel are driven to violence, even murder, and their strong vernacular endows them with the discomforting reality of next-door neighbors. “In order to recognize a freak,” she remarks in one of her essays, “you have to have a conception of the whole man.”

In the title story of her first, dazzling collection of stories, A Good Man Is Hard to Find (1955), the old grandmother discovers the comic irrelevance of good manners when she and her family meet up with the sinister Misfit, who claims there is “no pleasure but meanness.” The terror of urban dislocation in “The Artificial Nigger,” the bizarre baptism in “The River,” or one-legged Hulga Hopewell’s encounter with a Bible salesman in “Good Country People”—these startling events give readers the uneasy sense of mysteries about to be revealed.

Her second novel, The Violent Bear It Away (1960), casts the shadow of the Old Testament across a landscape of backwoods shacks, modern towns, and empty highways. Caught between the prophetic fury of his great-uncle and the unrelenting rationalism of his uncle, fourteen-year-old Francis Tarwater undergoes a terrifying trial of faith when he is commanded to baptize his idiot cousin.

The nine stories in Everything That Rises Must Converge (1965) show O’Connor’s powers at their height. The title story is a terrifying, heart-rending drama of familial and racial misunderstanding. “Revelation” and “The Enduring Chill” probe further into conflicts between parental figures and recalcitrant offspring, where as much tension is generated from quiet conversation as from the physical violence of gangsters and fanatics.

LIBRARY OF AMERICA is an independent nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1979 to preserve our nation’s literary heritage by publishing, and keeping permanently in print, America’s best and most significant writing. The Library of America series includes more than 300 volumes to date, authoritative editions that average 1,000 pages in length, feature cloth covers, sewn bindings, and ribbon markers, and are printed on premium acid-free paper that will last for centuries.
Flannery O’Connor was born in Savannah, Georgia, on March 25, 1925, and was raised as a devout Roman Catholic in Milledgeville, Georgia. Upon graduation from the Graduate Program of the Women’s College of Georgia, O’Connor attended the writing program at the State University of Iowa, receiving her MFA in 1947. Among the strongest influ...
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Title:Flannery O'connor: Collected Works (loa #39): Wise Blood / A Good Man Is Hard To Find / The Violent…Format:HardcoverDimensions:1300 pages, 8.12 × 5.08 × 1.48 inPublished:September 1, 1988Publisher:Library of America

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The always-dependable Library of America Gorgeous edition of most of O'Connor's work. This contains all the books published in her lifetime (including the just-barely-posthumous collection, Everything That Rises Must Converge, which she worked on until her death), most of the essays from Mystery and Manners, several additional stories, and a generous selection of her terrific letters.
Date published: 2018-05-15

Table of Contents

Collected WorksWise Blood
A Good Man Is Hard to Find
The Violent Bear It Away
Everything That Rises Must Converge
Stories and Occasional Prose
Letters

Index of Stories and Occasional Prose
Chronology
Note on the Texts
Notes

From Our Editors

Flannery O'Connor, a unique and important figure in the Southern literary tradition, was one of the finest writers of the twentieth century. This volume, containing her two novels, short stories, essays and letters, is the only complete collection of her works