Everything That Rises Must Converge Stories

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Flannery O'Connor; Introduction by Robert Fitzgerald

Farrar, Straus and Giroux



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320 Pages



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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.


Praise for Everything That Rises Must Converge

"Her stories are full of life and drama and real humanity." —Tobias Wolff, The Paris Review

"Flannery O'Connor was never better. This is a fine collection."—J. F. Powers

"The current volume of posthumous storied is the work of a master, a writer's writer—but a reader's too—an incomparable craftsman who wrote, let it be said, some of the finest stories in our language."—Newsweek

"When I read Flannery O'Connor, I do not think of Hemingway, or Katherine Anne Porter, or Sartre, but rather of someone like Sophocles. What more can you say for a writer? I write her name with honor, for all the truth and all the craft with which she shows man's fall and his dishonor."—Thomas Merton

[A] great story writer . . . O'Connor was so scathing about experience and life. You leave her stories always shaken." —Richard Ford

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