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“Flannery O'Connor ranks with Mark Twain and Scott Fitzgerald among our finest prose stylists. Her epigrams alone are worth the price of the book . . . which should be read by every writer and would-be writer and lover of writing.” ―John Leonard, The New York Times
“[O'Connor] was not just the best 'woman writer' of [her] time and place; she expressed something secret about America, called 'the South,' with that transcendent gift for expressing the real spirit of a culture that is conveyed by those writers . . . who become nothing but what they see. Completeness is one word for it: relentlessness [and] unsparingness would be others. She was a genius.” ―Alfred Kazin, The New York Times Book Review
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 history. Her letters were published 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. A devout Catholic, she lived most of her adult life on her family's ancestral farm, Andalusia, outside Milledgeville, Georgia, where she raised peacocks and wrote.
She's the best in the business. Or was. But if I were to guess I'd say most all readers of this post will no that already. As for the book. Lives up to her rep. Worth reading.Published 3 months ago by Guy Carlos
This book contains literary essays by the southern belle writer Flannery O'Connor. It is a wonderful mix of a variety of essays that delight and inform the reader! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dr. Kenneth R. Cooper
This is one of the most influential books on art that I have read. It has shaped many aspects of my thinking on the arts. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mark Beuving
Wonderful section on why schools need to teach literary analysis! Book better than expected!Published 3 months ago by Caley Bradicich
Fabulous essays on writing, spirituality, the American South, and peacocks.Published 4 months ago by Reagan Ives
My writing mentor recommended this book to me, as I often struggle with being a "good" person who writes "dark" material. I found it to be extremely helpful. Ms. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Molly Jo
As a Flannery fan, it is a must-have. Some things are more interesting than others, but still a wonderful book.Published 9 months ago by Jerry Bush
I was borrowed this book for papers so often that I finally bought it. It's amazing!!Published 11 months ago by Jacob Pride