Friday, November 20, 2009

The Best of the Best: Flannery O'Connor's "The Complete Stories"

Link to November 19 New York Times ArtsBeat column, "Voters Choose Flannery O’Connor in National Book Award Poll".

And what a great choice it is.

Excerpt: Among the National Book Awards winners named on Wednesday night whose names may elude you, one honoree you’ve almost certainly heard of is Flannery O’Connor. In an online poll conducted by the National Book Foundation, her collection “The Complete Stories” was named the best work to have won the National Book Award for fiction in the contest’s 60-year history. The competition was steep: other finalists in the poll were “The Stories of John Cheever,” William Faulkner’s “Collected Stories,” “The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty,” Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man” and Thomas Pynchon’s “Gravity’s Rainbow.”

OK, so now can we have the audio version, please?

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