By: Robert Ellsberg, editor
"A bracing literary experience . . . . what a joy to have this judicious cornucopia of her writings!"--Lawrence Cunningham
This new and outstanding selection from her canon is essential O'Connor reading. --LA Times Book Review
A terrific read . . . . a riveting portrait of a woman of unquenchable faith. --The Georgia Bulletin
Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964) is widely regarded as one of the great American writers of the twentieth century, author of singular short stories (including "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" and "The Life You Save May Be Your Own") and two novels (Wise Blood and The Violent Bear It Away). Only in 1979, however, with the publication of her collected letters, could the public fully see the depth of her personal faith and her wisdom as a spiritual guide.
Drawing from all O'Connor's work, and including the complete text of her short story, "Revelation", this anthology highlights as never before her distinctive voice as a spiritual writer, covering such topics as Christian Realism, the Church, the relation between faith and art, sin and grace, and the role of suffering in the life of a Christian.
Robert Ellsberg (Editor) is publisher of Orbis Books, editor of the Modern Spiritual Masters Series, and author of the bestselling All Saints.
Richard Giannone (Introduction) is professor emeritus of English at Fordham University and author of Flannery O'Connor: Hermit Novelist.