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The violent bear it away

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Title:The violent bear it away
O'Connor, Flannery   
(1 of 2 for author by title)
Wise Blood
Published:   1955
Publisher:Longmans, Green and Co. Ltd.
Tags:fiction, religion

First published in 1960, The Violent Bear It Away is now a landmark in American literature. It is a dark and absorbing example of the Gothic sensibility and bracing satirical voice that are united in Flannery O'Conner's work. In it, the orphaned Francis Marion Tarwater and his cousins, the schoolteacher Rayber, defy the prophecy of their dead uncle--that Tarwater will become a prophet and will baptize Rayber's young son, Bishop. A series of struggles ensues: Tarwater fights an internal battle against his innate faith and the voices calling him to be a prophet while Rayber tries to draw Tarwater into a more "reasonable" modern world. Both wrestle with the legacy of their dead relatives and lay claim to Bishop's soul. [Suggest a different description.]

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Author Bio for O'Connor, Flannery

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Flannery O'Connor, neé Mary Flannery O'Connor (March 25, 1925—August 3, 1964) was an American novelist, reviewer and commentator. Although she only wrote 2 novels and 32 short stories, she won numerous literary awards and grants, several O. Henry awards, and had her first novel listed on the Guardian's 100 Greatest Novels of All Time.

The first novel, Wise Blood, received mixed reviews initially but later became a John Huston-directed movie. A novel of spiritual quest, Wise Blood presents the male "pilgrim", Hazel Motes, as inhabiting a sterile and ugly modern landscape derivative of T. S. Eliot's Waste Land.

Her first short-story collection, A Good Man Is Hard to Find, made her Christian vision and darkly comic intent clearer to readers and allowed them to more easily grasp the intent of her second novel, The Violent Bear It Away. A second collection of stories, Everything That Rises Must Converge, published posthumously in 1965, contains some of O'Connor's most popular short fiction, including the title story and "Revelation."

O'Connor was a Roman Catholic who was born and lived in the Bible Belt of the Deep South, though her fiction is largely concerned with fundamentalist Protestants, many whom she admired for the integrity of their search for Truth. Her recurrent characters are spiritually lean and hungry figures who reject mere lip service to Christianity and the bland certainty of rationalism in their pursuit of salvation.

O'Connor died of lupus at the young age of 39.

—New Georgia Encyclopedia.

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