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O'Connor's The Complete Stories voted the best

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November 19, 2009

The National Book Foundation has named Flannery O’Connor’s “The Complete Stories” as The Best of the National Book Awards Fiction.

The announcement came Thursday during the 2009 National Book Awards Week.

In an online poll conducted by the National Book Foundation, voters chose O’Connor’s collection, “The Complete Stories” as the best work to have won the National Book Award for fiction in the contest’s 60-year history, according to The New York Times.

The Complete Stories published in 1971 is a collection of 32 short stories that includes stories comprising O’Connor’s best-known works, “A Good Man is Hard to Find” and “Everything That Rises Must Converge.”

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.”

Georgia College & State University is home to the Flannery O’Connor Collection housed in the Ina Dillard Russell Library. The O’Connor Collection Web page urged readers to vote for her collected stories for the National Book Award and offered a link to cast a vote. More than 10,000 readers cast votes for the O’Connor collection.

“If you voted, many thanks,” said Nancy Davis Bray, Interim University Librarian. “Your votes helped carry the day.”


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