After O'Connor

Stories from Contemporary Georgia

Edited by Hugh Ruppersburg

Title Details

Pages: 392

Trim size: 152.400mm x 228.600mm



Pub Date: 09/01/2003

ISBN: 9-780-8203-2557-6

List Price: $25.95

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Published with the generous support of Georgia Humanities

After O'Connor

Stories from Contemporary Georgia

Edited by Hugh Ruppersburg

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Georgia has produced some of the major figures of modern literature, including Carson McCullers, Erskine Caldwell and, most notably, Flannery O'Connor. While such writers are firmly established in American literary history, all too few readers are aware of how the state's tradition of literary excellence persists in the present day.

The thirty stories in After O'Connor were written during the past fifteen years by authors who were born in Georgia or spent a significant part of their lives and careers in this state. Embracing the social, cultural, and ethnic variety in today's Georgia, After O'Connor both advances and helps redefine the great southern storytelling tradition.

Flannery O'Connor is gone, but the legend of her work is burned on the hearts of writers everywhere. The pages in After O'Connor are powerful and do honor to the fierce vision that inspired them.

—Harry Crews

[It] looks like the future of that great enterprise called 'Southern Literature' is assured-at least if the state of Georgia has anything to do with it.

—Diane Roberts, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

[A] groundbreaking new short story collection from The University of Georgia Press that both advances and helps redefine the great southern storytelling tradition.

—Georgia Public Radio

If the short story is an American invention, I think that the final patent was registered in the South, and maybe in Georgia, where the University of Georgia Press has collected works by thirty authors who have ties to the Peach State. This is not just a 'Georgia' book, but a collection of diverse voices that makes an American book, a collection that students and teachers, writers and aspiring writers will want to read.

—Martin Lammon, Fuller E. Callaway / Flannery O'Connor Chair and director of the Creative Writing Program, Georgia College & State University

Although the authors in this anthology address most directly the manners-whether of Atlanta, Oulaba, or Gansu Province-the mystery still shimmers in the visible distance, and anyone tempted by fashionable notions that the author is dead, that chronological narrative is obsolete, or that meaning is arbitrary should sample the stories in this volume to be reminded that the real legacy of O'Connor is sheer excellence, and that it thrives.

American Book Review


Georgia Author of the Year Awards, Georgia Writers Association

Alice Walker

Anthony Grooms

Bailey White

Carol Lee Lorenzo

Charlie Smith

Charlotte Holmes

Cynthia Shearer

Ferrol Sams

Frank Manley

Greg Johnson

Ha Jin

James Kilgo

Janice Daugharty

Jim Grimsley

John Holman

Judith Ortiz Cofer

Judson Mitcham

Lynna Williams

Mary Hood

Melanie Sumner

Michael Bishop

Pam Durban

Pearl Cleage

Philip Lee Williams

Scott Ely

Shay Youngblood

Sheri Joseph

Starkey Flythe

Tina McElroy Ansa

About the Author/Editor

HUGH RUPPERSBURG is Emeritus University Professor of English at the University of Georgia. He is the literature section editor of the New Georgia Encyclopedia.