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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0374530874
ISBN-13: 9780374530877
Sku: 203383706
Publish Date: 6/12/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 0.5T
Pages:  243
Age Range:  NA
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A back country orphan struggles to defy his uncles prophesy that he will become a baptist prophet. *Author: OConnor, Flannery *Publication Date: 2007/06/12 *Number of Pages: 243 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.50 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.00
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First published in 1955, 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.

O'Connor observes all this with an astonishing combination of irony and compassion, humor and pathos. The result is a novel whose range and depth reveal a brilliant and innovative writers acutely alert to where the sacred lives and to where it does not.
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Francis Marion Tarwater is an orphan boy living with his elderly great-uncle in the Tennessee backcountry. Tarwater's fate is foretold by his great-uncle before the old man dies: Tarwater will be called by the Lord to be a prophet. The old man also tells his nephew Rayber, a schoolteacher, that either Tarwater or the old man himself will end up baptizing Rayber's son, Bishop. Rayber is then careful to prevent such an occurrence, and when the old man dies, it falls to Tarwater to fulfill the prediction. Only Tarwater does not want to be a prophet or a baptist.
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Flannery O'Connor
Mary Flannery O'Connor was the only child in a devout Catholic family. Her father died of lupus when she was 16. O'Connor received a B.A. in 1945 from Women's College of Georgia, and an M.F.A. in 1947 from the University of Iowa, winning the Rinehart-Iowa Fiction Award in 1947. In 1949 she spent several months at Yaddo, the writers' colony, where she met several important writers, including Robert Lowell, who helped her further her career. "Wise Blood", her first book, was published in 1952, by which time O'Connor had been diagnosed with the lupus she had inherited, and she returned to the Georgia farmhouse where she had grown up and where her mother still lived. She remained there the rest of her life, writing fiction as well as profuse and lively letters to friends, editors, and fans. Her two novels and many short stories deal unsparingly with sin and redemption, and the difficulty of salvation. She died before she was 40, but the body of work she produced in her short life has earned her an undisputed place as one of the great Southern writers of the 20th century.
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Product attributePublisher:   Farrar Straus Giroux
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