Understanding Flannery O'Connor

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Manners, mystery, and maniacs in O'Connor's unforgettable fiction

Describing Flannery O'Connor's fiction as "violent, grotesque, and horribly funny, with a twist", Margaret Earley Whitt explores the canon of the Georgia writer whose work has long haunted and harassed its readers. In a comprehensive survey that encompasses O'Connor's short stories, novels, essays, and letters, as well as the body of criticism that has proliferated since her death in 1964, Whitt illumines the ...

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Overview

Manners, mystery, and maniacs in O'Connor's unforgettable fiction

Describing Flannery O'Connor's fiction as "violent, grotesque, and horribly funny, with a twist", Margaret Earley Whitt explores the canon of the Georgia writer whose work has long haunted and harassed its readers. In a comprehensive survey that encompasses O'Connor's short stories, novels, essays, and letters, as well as the body of criticism that has proliferated since her death in 1964, Whitt illumines the religious themes and bizarre characters that make O'Connor's prose so strikingly different from that of other American writers.

Whitt discusses the components that drive the writer's work: her southernness and her Roman Catholicism. The blend of these two enabled her to deliver orthodox Christian themes through the code of southern etiquette.

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Whitt (English, U. of Denver) examines in detail O'Connor's Southernness, her Roman Catholicism, and other components of her work in the first chapter. The following seven chapters explore O'Connor's fiction, non-fiction, essays, and letters. 5x7". Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Editor's Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Understanding Flannery O'Connor 1
Ch. 2 Wise Blood 14
Ch. 3 A Good Man Is Hard to Find 38
Ch. 4 The Violent Bear It Away 85
Ch. 5 Everything That Rises Must Converge 109
Ch. 6 Mystery and Manners 162
Ch. 7 The Habit of Being 193
Ch. 8 Other Stories 202
Bibliography 230
Index 248
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