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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Wise Blood (1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Violent Bear It Away (1960)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

The Artificial Nigger (1955)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Good Man Is Hard To Find (1955)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Everything That Rises Must Converge (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mystery and Manners (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Complete Stories (1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Flannery O'Connor (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Habit of Being (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Presence of Grace and Other Book Reviews (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Best American Short Stories Books

The Best Short Stories of 1915 (1916)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1916 (1916)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1917 (1917)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1918 (1918)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1919 (1919)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1921 (1921)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1922 (1922)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1923 (1923)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1924 (1924)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1925 (1925)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1926 (1926)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1927 (1927)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1928 (1928)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1929 (1929)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1930 (1930)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1931 (1931)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1932 (1932)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1933 (1933)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1934 (1934)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1935 (1935)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1936 (1936)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1937 (1937)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1938 (1938)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
50 Best American Short Stories, 1915-1939 (1939)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1939 (1939)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1940 (1940)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1941 (1941)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1942 (1942)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1943 (1943)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1944 (1944)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1945 (1945)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1946 (1946)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1947 (1947)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1948 (1948)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1949 (1949)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1950 (1950)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1951 (1951)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1952 (1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1953 (1953)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1955 (1955)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1956 (1956)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1957 (1957)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1958 (1958)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1959 (1959)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1960 (1960)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1961 (1961)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1962 (1962)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1963 (1963)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1964 (1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1965 (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1966 (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1967 (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1968 (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories of 1969 (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1970 (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1971 (1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1972 (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1973 (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1974 (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best of Best American Short Stories 1915-1950 (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1975 (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1976 (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1977 (1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1978 (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1979 (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1980 (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1981 (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1982 (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1983 (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1984 (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1985 (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1986 (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1987 (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1988 (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1989 (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories of the Eighties (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1990 (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1991 (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1992 (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1993 (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1994 (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1995 (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1996 (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1997 (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1998 (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1999 (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2000 (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories of the Century (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2001 (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2002 (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2003 (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2004 (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2005 (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2006 (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2007 (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1921, and the Yearbook of the American Short Story (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories1921 (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2008 (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2009 (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2010 (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2011 (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2012 (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2013 (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2014 (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2015 (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
100 Years of The Best American Short Stories (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2016 (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2017 (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2018 (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2019 (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2020 (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Anthology series.

Publication Order of Anthologies

50 Great Short Stories(1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Witches' Brew(1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Oxford Book of American Short Stories(1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Author Mary Flannery O’Connor was born in Savannah, Georgia on March 25, 1925, and was Regina Cline and Edward Francis O’Connor’s (who worked as a real estate agent) only kid. Her parents come from two of the oldest Catholic families in the state of Georgia. Her education started in the parochial schools in Savannah, and she was both an avid artist and reader.

O’Connor wrote essays, two novels, and short stories. She is one of the great fiction writers to come from America, and was one of the biggest apologists for Roman Catholicism during the twentieth century.

She was in a news film when she was only six that featured her and her chicken that could walk backwards. She felt that this was the high point in her life, and that everything was downhill after that. In the year 1940, her family moved off to Milledgeville, Georgia so that they could live on Andalusia Farm (which has since been turned into a museum that is dedicated to her work).

Here, she nurtured and raised about a hundred peafowl, as she had a fascination with any and every kind of bird that she could get her mitts on. She even wrote an essay (which was called “King of the Birds”) which described the peacocks she had.

O’Connor went to Peabody High School, and worked there as the art editor for the school’s paper, and it was from here that she graduated from high school in the year 1942. After this, she attended Georgia State College for Women and graduated in the year 1945 and got a social sciences degree. Flannery took many English courses while go here. Her classmates at the time remember that she had some obvious talents but was quite shy. While at the school, she produced quite a bit of cartoons for the student paper.

In 1946, she got accepted into University of Iowa’s Iowa Writers’ Workshop, a school that she originally went to study journalism. During O’Connor’s time her, she would meet some important critics or writers that lectured or taught for the program.

She would get her MA from University of Iowa in the year 1947. Her master’s thesis was a short story collection titled “The Geranium” and was named after the first story she ever had published in the year 1946. The stories in the collection do not really show any of the things that would show up in the later and mature work that she would produce later in her writing career.

Summer of 1948, she kept on working on her novel, “Wise Blood” at a placed called Yaddo (which is located in New York), and was able to finish many short stories.

Stories written by O’Connor usually feature characters that are flawed morally speaking, and race plays a small part. The work is usually grotesque, and have some disturbing elements. O’Connor’s writing shows her Roman Catholic faith. Her work shows a brilliant understanding of the nuance in human behavior, despite leading a secluded life.

She died at the age of 39 in Milledgeville, Georgia on August 3, 1964. Her father died in the year 1941, after being diagnosed with lupus in the year 1937. She was only fifteen at the time her father died, and his dying was something that devastated her. This is also what Flannery was diagnosed with in the year 1950 and later died of. This interrupted a quite productive period in her writing career.

She lived seven years longer than it was expected she would with the disease. Despite the debilitating effect that the steroids had on her, she was still active as she kept up a daily writing ritual and showed up to lectures to read her work out loud.

She won a National Book Award for Fiction posthumously in the year 1972 for her “Complete Stories” collection.

“Wise Blood” is the first novel and was released in the year 1952. Hazel Motes is a twenty-two year old guy that is caught up in the unceasing fight against his own desperate and innate faith. He falls under the sway of a supposed blind street preacher called Asa Hawkes, and Lily Sabbath (degenerate daughter, age fifteen).

In a turn of irony, to prove his own non-faith, Hazel forms The God Without Christ Church. It is to show that he is a greater cynic than Hawkes is. He is bested in his attempt to shed God. He meets a guy named Enoch Emery, who is a young male that takes Hazel to the mummified remains of a holy child. His crazy maneuvers are a display of Hazel’s own existential struggles.

Fans of the novel like the way that Flannery O’Connor is able to understand everything about the people she writes about. How they talk and what they are incapable of and do not know. The book is an amazing look at things like redemption, sin, and heresy. In other authors’ hands, this would have been a lesser story; only Flannery O’Connor herself could have told the story as it is.

“The Violent Bear It Away” is the second novel and was released in the year 1960. Francis Marion Tarwater (who is an orphan), a schoolteacher called Rayber, and his cousins go against the prophecy of their deceased uncle. It said that Tarwater would one day be a prophet, and baptize Bishop (who is the young son of Rayber).

Some struggles come after that. Tarwater starts to fight against his own innate faith, and those voices that call to him to start being the prophet his uncle believed he would be. All the while, Rayber tries pushing him into a much more reasonable and modern world. Both struggle with their dead family members legacies, and claim Bishop’s soul.

Fans of the novel found Flannery to be quite ruthless in her telling of this story. Readers are still shaking and quaking in fear, even after finishing reading the book. Some liked the way the book starts out strong, gives a lot of character development, not to mention the fact that the characters actually talk in a realistic way and then to top it off, there is one shocker of an ending. Some are glad they finally found this author’s incredible work, and wish they had found it sooner.

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