Flannery O’Connnor’s story “Everything That Rises Must Converge” was first published in 1961 just a few years before the author’s death from lupus in 1964. The title, a powerful depiction of a troubled mother/son relationship, won O’Connor the prestigious O. Henry Award in 1963 (the second time she had achieved this honor) and was later published posthumously in 1965 in a collection that bore the same title.
The historical context of this tale of racial bigotry and patronizing attitudes toward African Americans is important to a full understanding of O’Connor’s fiction. Set in the South where the aristocratic plantation culture continued to be prevalent even after the Civil War ended, the story line is surely …
Meyer, Michael J.. "Everything That Rises Must Converge". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 June 2010
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