Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose

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Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose Essays
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At her death in 1964 Flannery O'Connor left behind a body of unpublished essays and lectures as well as a number of critical articles that had appeared in scattered publications during her lifetime. The book opens with 'The King of the Birds,' her famous account of raising peacocks at her home in Milledgeville, Georgia. There are three essays on regional writing, including 'The Fiction Writer and His Country' and 'Some Aspects of the Grotesque in Southern Fiction'; two on teaching literature, including 'Total Effect and the Eighth Grade'; and four on the writer and religion, including 'The Catholic Novel in the Protestant South.' Essays such as 'The Nature and Aim of Fiction' and 'Writing Short Stories' are pure gems. In all cases, these pieces are characterized by the boldness and simplicity of O'Connor's style, a fine-tuned wit, understated perspicacity, and profound the art and act of writing. Appendix, Notes. 237p.

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