Mystery and Manners

Mystery and Manners

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At her death in 1964, O'Connor left behind a body of unpublished essays and lectures as well as a number of critical articles that had appeared in scattered publications during her too-short lifetime. The keen writings comprising Mystery and Manners, selected and edited by O'Connor's lifelong friends Sally and Robert Fitzgerald, are characterized by the directness and simplicity of the author's style, a fine-tuned wit, understated perspicacity, and profound faith. The book opens with qThe King of the Birds, q her famous account of raising peacocks at her home in Milledgeville, Georgia. Also included are: three essays on regional writing, including qThe Fiction Writer and His Countryq and qSome Aspects of the Grotesque in Southern Fictionq; two pieces on teaching literature, including qTotal Effect and the 8th Gradeq; and four articles concerning the writer and religion, including qThe Catholic Novel in the Protestant South.q Essays such as qThe Nature and Aim of Fictionq and qWriting Short Storiesq are widely seen as gems. This bold and brilliant essay-collection is a must for all readers, writers, and students of contemporary American literature.The book opens with aquot;The King of the Birds, aquot; her famous account of raising peacocks at her home in Milledgeville, Georgia.

Title:Mystery and Manners
Author: Flannery O'Connor
Publisher:Macmillan - 1969

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