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Flannery O'Connor was born in Savannah, Georgia, as an only child of a Catholic family. The region she grew up in was part of the 'Christ-haunted' Bible belt of the Southern United States. The spiritual heritage of the south shaped O'Connor's writing profoundly, as described in her essay "The Catholic Novelist in the Protestant South" (1969).

Of the many titles she has penned, O'Connor's short stories have been regarded as her finest work. O'Connor's short stories, however, do not represent the strong theological nature characteristic of her novels. They often focus on macabre and undesireable characters, share a witty humor, and are left open to interpretation. Unfortunately, Flannery O’Connor did not receive much critical acclaim until after her death, though her reputation has grown steadily since. Today, she is distinctly recognized as one of the most important American writers of this century.

The Complete Stories of Flannery O'ConnorThe Complete Stories of Flannery O'Connor
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1971 National Book Award for fiction! Using brutal irony and humor she wrote of society's outcasts: the deformed, freaks, and Baptist healers. To the hard of hearing you shout and for the almost blind you draw large and startling figures. 555 pages, softcover.

Flannery O'Connor and the Christ-Haunted SouthFlannery O'Connor and the Christ-Haunted South
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Flannery O'Connor was only the second twentieth-century writer (after William Faulkner) to have her work collected for the Library of America, the definitive edition of American authors. Forty years after her death, O'Connor's fiction still retains its original power and pertinence. For those who know nothing of O'Connor and her work, this new study by Ralph C. Wood offers one of the finest introductions available. For those looking to deepen their appreciation of this literary icon, it breaks important new ground. Unique to Wood's approach is his concern to show how O'Connor's stories, novels, and essays impinge on America's cultural and ecclesial condition. He uses O'Connor's work as a window onto its own regional and religious ethos. Indeed, he argues here that O'Connor's fiction has lasting, even universal, significance precisely because it is rooted in the confessional witness of her Roman Catholicism and in the Christ-haunted character of the American South.


Flannery O'Connor: Collected WorksFlannery O'Connor: Collected Works
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Definitive text and notes for all of her novels and short stories, eight of her most important essays and a selection of 259 lively letters. ''Indispensable for the literary scholar and a joy for the general reader,''---New York Newsday. 1281 pages, hardcover.

Flannery O'Connor: Spiritual WritingsFlannery O'Connor: Spiritual Writings
Edited by Robert Ellsberg
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Using brutal irony and humor, O'Connor wrote of society's outcasts: the deformed, freaks, and Baptist healers. To the hard of hearing you must shout and for the almost blind you must draw large and startling figures. Well-chosen excerpts from her fiction and collected letters. 160 pages, softcover.

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