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Everything That Rises Must Converge

Flannery O'Connor

Book Basics

Title:

Everything That Rises Must Converge

Author:

Flannery O'Connor

Published:

January 1965

Pages:

320

Genres:

Fiction, Short Story, Children's Literature

Synopsis

Everything That Rises Must Converge is a collection of short stories written by Flannery O'Connor during the final decade of her life. The collection's eponymous story derives its name from the work of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. The collection was published posthumously in 1965 and contains an introduction by Robert Fitzgerald. Of the volume's nine stories, seven had been printed in magazines or literary journals prior to being collected. "Judgement Day" is a dramatically reworked version of "The Geranium," which was one of O'Connor's earliest publications and appeared in her graduate thesis at the University of Iowa. "Parker's Back," the collection's only completely new story, was a last-minute addition.

Characters

Sarah Ham, Sarah Ruth, Ruby Turpin, Mrs. May, Mr. Greenleaf, O.E. Parker, Julian's Mother, Mary Fortune Pitts, Julian, Pleasant Woman, Claud, Mrs. Greenleaf, Grandfather Fortune, Pitts, Tilman, Asbury, Asbury's Mother, Priest, Thomas, Thomas' mother, Sheppard, Norton, Rufus Johnson, Mary Grace, Tanner, Coleman, Tanner's daughter

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