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The Violent Bear It Away A Novel

Flannery O'Connor

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

0374530874

9780374530877

Trade Paperback

256 Pages

$15.00

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First published in 1955, The Violent Bear It Away is now considered a landmark in American literature. It is a dark, absorbing example of the Gothic sensibility and bracing satirical voice that are united in Flannery O'Conner's work.

In this novel, the orphaned Francis Marion Tarwater and his cousin, the schoolteacher Rayber, defy the prophecy of their dead uncle—that Tarwater will become a prophet and will baptize Rayber's young son, Bishop. A series of struggles ensues: Tarwater fights an internal battle against his own faith and the voices calling him to be a prophet while Rayber tries to draw Tarwater into a more "reasonable" modern world. Both wrestle with the legacy of their dead relatives and lay claim to Bishop's soul.

O'Connor observes all this with an astonishing combination of irony and compassion, humor and pathos. The result is a novel whose range and depth reveal a brilliant and innovative writer acutely alert to where the sacred lives and to where it does not.

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"I am sure her books will live on and on in American Literature"—Elizabeth Bishop

"There is very little contemporary fiction which touches the level of Flannery O'Connor at her best."—Alan Pryce-Jones, New York Herald Tribune

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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 60-year history. Her essays were published
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Flannery O'Connor

  • Flannery O'Conner was born in Savannah, Georgia in 1925. When she died at the age of 39, America lost one of its most gifted writers at the height of her powers.
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