The Complete Stories of one of the greatest Catholic novelists and short story writers of the 20th century.
This collection, when first published in 1972, was the winner of the National Book Award for Fiction.
The 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.
About the author: Flannery O'Connor was born in Savannah, Georgia, in 1925, to Irish Catholic parents. When she died at the age of thirty-nine, of complications from a painful and crippling neurological disease, America lost one of its most gifted writers at the very height of her powers.