Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose (FSG Classics)

Mystery and Manners Occasional Prose FSG Classics At her death in O Connor left behind a body of unpublished essays and lectures as well as a number of critical articles that had appeared in scattered publications during her too short lifetime

  • Title: Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose (FSG Classics)
  • Author: Flannery O'Connor Sally Fitzgerald Robert Fitzgerald
  • ISBN: 9780374508043
  • Page: 328
  • Format: Paperback
  • At her death in 1964, O Connor left behind a body of unpublished essays and lectures as well as a number of critical articles that had appeared in scattered publications during her too short lifetime The keen writings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and Robert Fitzgerald, are characterized by the directness and simpAt her death in 1964, O Connor left behind a body of unpublished essays and lectures as well as a number of critical articles that had appeared in scattered publications during her too short lifetime The keen writings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 The King of the Birds, her famous account of raising peacocks at her home in Milledgeville, Georgia Also included are three essays on regional writing, including The Fiction Writer and His Country and Some Aspects of the Grotesque in Southern Fiction two pieces on teaching literature, including Total Effect and the 8th Grade and four articles concerning the writer and religion, including The Catholic Novel in the Protestant South Essays such as The Nature and Aim of Fiction and Writing Short Stories are widely seen as gems.This bold and brilliant essay collection is a must for all readers, writers, and students of contemporary American literature.

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    1. This book of essays gives us some of Flannery O'Connor's thoughts about what it was like for her to be a Catholic writer in the American South. Her writing shows the personality of someone who is confident of her own experience and ability, and yet (at least most of the time) quite humble about it too. O'Connor writes with wit (ranging from wry humour to sarcasm) about the incomprehension or disapproval with which her short stories and novels were met by many contemporary readers. She stresses t [...]

    2. A Confession:Two or three times I began writing a review and later tossed them away. For I was not happy with what came about as a review.A Fact:This is one of the posthumous collections of essays by F. O'Connor and is my first O'Connor book. O'Connor is revered for her short stories and fiction more than for her prose writing. Moreover, this collection has some essays which were not yet revised for publication. The Result:I ended up liking her writing and am really hungry for all of her writing [...]

    3. Flannery O'Connor published two novels and some twenty-five short stories. That was the literary output of her life and yet her work continues to live - which is to say that it continues to be alive in the mind and hearts of those who read her. Mystery and Manners is a collection of lectures that were put together by friends after her death (she died in her thirties from Lupus). There's something about Flannery O'Connor that makes her, in many ways, the writer's writer. There is just so much to [...]

    4. Ms. O'Connor sometimes seems to me like a didactic pedantic generalizer, but in general I like her. Flat-out loved the opening peacock essay and wish there were more slice of essayistic life in here to complement the must-read/essential essays that reveal her as a literary fundamentalist, albeit one whose ideation be animated by denominational spirits, a religiousity that's maybe her strength and weakness in this collection, as in the story collection I read earlier this year (A Good Man Is Hard [...]

    5. 4 stars for most people, 5 for writers. After reading this I don't have to wonder what Flannery would think of modern Christian fiction. This book makesme feel less guilty about all those times I made fun of the Christian fiction catalogs on my old blog. The book is the collected writing of Flannery on writing from various sources. I say Flannery because I love her so muchand she is my friend. If you truly want to at least try to probe the idea of the art of fiction this is a must-read. I secret [...]

    6. Non leggo i libri sulla scrittura per imparare a scrivere, non sono un'aspirante scrittrice. Sono un'aspirante lettrice. E trovo che i libri sulla scrittura servano prima di tutto a imparare a leggere un testo letterario e a capire da dove venga la narrativa e perché esista. Sono perciò grata a Flannery O'Connor per questo libro fenomenale, così lucido e intelligente da essere commovente.Ci sono due o tre nodi su cui si regge l'intero libro, che risulta una costruzione coerente e solida. Per [...]

    7. I dislike so many things about Flannery O'Connor -- her dogmatic Catholicism, her venom toward the faithless world and other would-be writers -- and yet all the same I'm in love with her. I'm not the only one; what's wrong with us?O'Connor's the mean girl in your writers' group:"Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the universities stifle writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them. There's many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher. The idea of being a [...]

    8. In reading Flannery O’Connor’s Mystery and Manners, I was inspired and found so many things relevant to my situation as a writer and teacher. I will respond to her book in two parts, first from the standpoint of a teacher and second from that of a fiction writer.One of the tips that may be useful in teaching creative writing is her insistence that fiction must, before all else, be concrete and appeal to the senses. One of my students likes to write abstractly because, he says, it will allow [...]

    9. O'Connor averred that she wrote as she did because she was Catholic, and that, as a Catholic, she couldn't write any other way. She may have most readily identified herself this way, but this collection is proof positive that she was first and foremost a writer. As a critic, she was an apostle of Henry James, deeply unsentimental (indeed, a hilariously unapologetic misopedist), an enemy of excess, a believer in humility ("the first product of self-knowledge"), and, above all, gloriously quotable [...]

    10. This collection is an excellent summary of Flannery's theology and general worldview. She's a wonderful thinker and this posthumous collection of essays and lectures show that. It has been said that the things said in this book are repetitive (and they are in places), but to me it shows what was important to her. She thought those topics so central to who she was that she repeated them wherever she spoke.

    11. I'm kicking myself for not reading MYSTERY AND MANNERS years ago. Flannery O'Connor is a fiction writer, I told myself; what could she teach me about spiritual memoir writing? And yet some of these are the best essays I've ever read about addressing the spiritual life in prose. If a writer is any good, what he makes will have its source in a realm much larger than that which his conscious mind can encompass and will always be a greater surprise to him than it can ever be to his reader. --Flanne [...]

    12. This is a collection of essays and speeches complied after O’Connor’s death. It is divided into six parts. I thought I’d organize my review accordingly.I. A Short Story – very entertaining. I am glad the editors included this story among all the essays. I had never read any of her short stories or novels. This established my respect for her talent.II. Southern Literature – fairly interesting, although maybe obsolete. I had not really realized that there was such a genre, which is prett [...]

    13. Una raccolta di saggi eterogenei e di periodi diversi. Il primo tratta dei pavoni, di cui la O’Connor era instancabile allevatrice. È disarmante per l’argomento, esilarante per la trattazione molto autoironica, entusiasmante per il modo in cui è scritto. I successivi quattro sono la ragione per cui questo libro è una specie di must per ogni aspirante scrittore, e chiariscono meglio di qualunque trattato di “scrittura creativa” cosa significa scrivere romanzi e racconti. Poco più di 5 [...]

    14. I have known Southern women to have special fondness for birds and this would be the first chapter in her book as she share with the genius of a witty artist and in charming detail her observations of the peacock as well as people whom she observed; in fact, people who might have eyes and don't see, ears and don't hear, but Flannery delves deep into what she observes and so her book comes in such a vividly and exuberantly alive fashion as if it was written so recently, even though this book was [...]

    15. In this collection of essays and talks by O'Connor, the author explores such subjects as writing, the teaching of literature in schools and colleges, the peculiarities of the Catholic writer, and the peculiarities of the Southern writer. Particularly fascinating in the pieces contained in this volume is her discussion of the "grotesque"--a term and literary device with which her work is often associated. For those wishing to gain access to a greater understanding of O'Connor's fiction, this is t [...]

    16. I went 1-for-3 on Flannery last week, and as you can see, this was the one that spoke a lot of my language. On community; on place; on writing and mystery. Her essays are something ferocious.“A story that is any good can’t be reduced, it can only be expanded. A story is good when you continue to see more and more in it, and when it continues to escape you. In fiction two and two is always more than four.”

    17. I've never seen a collection of nonfiction essays start so beautifully and diminish in readability so steadily. By the end of this collection I'd lost respect for a writer I'd previously been quite fond of, because by the end of the collection she'd been flat-out and pretentiously preaching to me for a solid 150 pages. I really didn't like the way some of these essays were written, but more to the point, I didn't like the way this collection was organized and shared. I'm chocking that up to bein [...]

    18. O'Connor is one of those rare writers who can write equally brilliantly as a critic as they can in their genre. Required reading for all Christians who work with words. She attempts to answer vital questions about the nature of religion, the nature of art, and the importance of not compromising when you analyze writing (others or your own).

    19. Letto e riletto. È la mia bibbia: sulla scrittura, sulla letteratura del Sud degli Stati Uniti, sul concetto di "grottesco" e anche su un certo modo di vivere il femminismo, meno esibito e più solido.Flannery O'Connor era magnifica, non ci sono altre parole.

    20. Five stars for the epigrams, witticisms, and Northerner jokes alone. Flannery really is the consummate writer, even given her stringent standards. She's done more to inform my judgment of good writing, especially fiction, more than anyone else, and I'm grateful. This collection is really well-edited, where O'Connor's fundamental ideas and her go-to phrasings are highlighted and repeated in close proximity, but don't become repetitive. You're really able to get into the essence of her thought.

    21. Who knew an isolated lupus-suffering hyper-religious Catholic in the smack middle of Georgia could be so hot damn funny!Seriously, a victory.I think what makes Flannery O'Connor's aesthetic so brilliant is its combination of two themes: what she calls the "violent" and the "comic." Her literature, like her essays, is both funny and deeply, unabashedly brutal. For O'Connor writing, like reading, isn't a science or an exercise in sentimentality. We don't -and shouldn't- read for enjoyment. We read [...]

    22. The first few sections in this are really killer. O'Connor has this down to earth, conversational way of talking about fiction and how it works. Her voice comes through in a lot of these pieces just as strongly as it does in her fiction. And what's more, she compellingly offers an idea of why fiction (or at least good fiction), with its willingness to present us with the profundities of human action instead of cheap, sentimental, reductive crap, is an essential form of expression. Unfortunately, [...]

    23. I love this book. It's Flannery O'Connor at her best, her nonfiction best, that is: wry, funny, and razor sharp. I can't believe she died when she was 39; or, more specifically, I can't believe she could write all she did, know all she did and live it all before age 40. Remarkable. God had a hold on her.This book is a collection of O'Connor's speeches, some excerpts from letters and essays she wrote. She's relentless in her commentary/critique of bad--sentimental--art and laziness. And she's exh [...]

    24. Outstanding. It’s a rich little how-to on writing realistic (rather than sentimental) fiction, in the words of the “writers’ writer” herself. If you’ve never read O’Connor (as I hadn’t before picking up this book), Mystery and Manners is the ideal place to start—having it under your belt will make her fiction much more accessible. Highly recommended.

    25. O'Connor's reflections on the duty of the writer (in particularly the Catholic writer) are fascinating and thought-provoking. She also brought up the challenges facing the writer of a given faith in a secular society where relativism is the god. There was much I intuited before reading this, but she named it for me.

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