on 24 November 1999
A handsome edition of the complete fiction of this marvellous writer, plus several essays and a generous selection of her letters, which are amongst the best of the century - by turns acute, brilliant, catty and self-deprecating. Only doesn't get the extra crown because of the omission of some of her best short pieces on the craft of writing, collected elsewhere in Mystery and Manners. But with that book and this one, you'll have most of what you'll ever need by one of the toughest and darkest of American writers.
on 19 February 1999
This is perhaps the most beautiful edition of the collected works of Flannery O'Connor. And it contains not only her incomparable stories--with those unforgettable characters!--but her magnificent letters. Her stories can both shock and shine. Her letters have made me both laugh and cry. Her stories never grow old--I've read them over many years now and am always finding something new and fresh and am always in awe of her consummate artistry. And her letter reveal, at least in part, the secret of her art and the power of her stories: they reveal a noble soul. Humble, honest, caring, suffering, and always, a valiant woman of faith. Her lupus stimied her activity; but it deepened her spirit and heart. I am sure those peacocks she loved so much missed her. And they're not fortunate enough, like us, to be able to read her relatively slim, but always enriching, literary legacy. GET THIS BOOK!