A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O'Connor

By Flannery O'Connor

The gathering that verified O’Connor’s popularity as one of many American masters of the fast tale. the amount includes the prestigious identify tale, a story of the murderous fugitive The Misfit, in addition to “The Displaced Person” and 8 different tales.

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To Number – ” (both 1934) garnered little attention, but the culminating triptych, collectively known as The Crack-Up, incited controversy in 1936. Although hardly candid by today’s standards, the essays are lyrically compelling and yet transparently evasive; no mention is made of Zelda’s illness, and alcohol is addressed only to deny its negative effect. Most damagingly, their defeated aura seemed to substantiate Fitzgerald’s reputation as a hasbeen. In response, Hemingway ungenerously described Scott as “wrecked” in “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” (1936) (also published in Esquire).

Similarly, the Divers’ inebriated adventures in Paris are described as a “slapstick comedy,” with Abe North passing himself off as General Pershing to commandeer champagne from the Ritz Hotel and Rosemary climbing atop a market wagon of carrots to ride through the streets. Rosemary’s vision of Dick as the master of these ceremonies likewise suggests how alcohol inspires such spectacles: “The enthusiasm, the selflessness behind the whole performance ravished her” (77–8). Of course, Fitzgerald’s fiction comments upon any number of other 1920s trends, from the emergence of modern music (including – obviously enough – jazz) to the rise of communism, fascism, and other political ideologies.

He is continuously autobiographic . . ”5 If Eagleton sounds irritated, it is because at the peak of his fame Fitzgerald so flaunted the connection between his life and his writing that the resulting fac¸ade of self-absorption became a defining facet of his literary persona. In 1958 The Smart Set co-editor George Jean Nathan remembered the author reneging on a promise to make him a major character in The Beautiful and Damned (1922): “He came to me somewhat apologetically and explained that he had tried, but could not lionize me in his novel.

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