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Greenleaf & Everything That Rises Must Converge


Savannah born Flannery O’Connor has been acknowledged as one of America’s most gifted and original story tellers. In Greenleaf a stray bull grazes on Mrs. May’s farm and Mrs. May becomes more and more outraged that the bull is eating her out of house and home. When Mrs. May hires her tenant farmer, Mr. Greenleaf, to shoot the bull, O’Connor turns the tale in her classic fashion with Mrs. May coming to a surprising end. Everything That Rises Must Converge has been widely acknowledged as one of O’Connor’s greatest creations. Written in 1961, in the midst of the American civil rights movement, the story explores ideas of intergenerational conflict set against the broader canvas of the racial desegregation of the South with humor and astounding clarity.
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