The Complete Stories
Winner of the National Book AwardThe publication of this extraordinary volume firmly established Flannery O'Connor's monumental contribution to American fiction. There are thirty-one stories here in all, including twelve that do not appear in the only two story collections O'Connor put together... show more
Winner of the National Book AwardThe publication of this extraordinary volume firmly established Flannery O'Connor's monumental contribution to American fiction. There are thirty-one stories here in all, including twelve that do not appear in the only two story collections O'Connor put together in her short lifetime--Everything That Rises Must Converge and A Good Man Is Hard to Find. O'Connor published her first story, "The Geranium," in 1946, while she was working on her master's degree at the University of Iowa. Arranged chronologically, this collection shows that her last story, "Judgement Day"--sent to her publisher shortly before her death—is a brilliantly rewritten and transfigured version of "The Geranium." Taken together, these stories reveal a lively, penetrating talent that has given us some of the most powerful and disturbing fiction of the twentieth century. Also included is an introduction by O'Connor's longtime editor and friend, Robert Giroux.
Publish date: January 1st 1971
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages no: 579
Edition language: English
O'Connor's stories are one of the strongest collections of English language short stories of the 20th century. In fact, since I haven't read the complete stories of too many English authors – Brautigan, Faulkner, Vonnegut, and that's probably it – I am tempted to say they are among the very best. Th...
Everyone is an asshole, and if God doesn't get you for it, Flannery O'Connor will.
Rating = 3.5 starsAs always, it's tough to rate a collection of stories and have it reflect the quality of each story individually. This is especially so with this collection, because it spans her entire writing career. Some good, some great, some so-so. None of them poorly written, but sometimes I ...
I love Jane Austen. I love her incisive social criticism, which she wraps in love stories. Flannery O'Connor I love for the same reason, except that O'Connor wraps her social criticism in the grotesque and gothic.
I will be reading this in fits and starts, just so's I can contribute to the Readers' Path for it.