After O’Connor
Stories from Contemporary Georgia

Edited by Hugh Ruppersburg

A luminous gathering of short fiction that showcases Georgia's thriving literary scene


"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the visible distance, and anyone tempted by fashionable notions that the author is dead, that chronological narrative is obsolete, or that meaning is arbitrary should sample the stories in this volume to be reminded that the real legacy of O'Connor is sheer excellence, and that it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

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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.

Published in association with the Georgia Humanities Council

Page count: 392 pp.
Trim size: 6 x 9

Read more about Flannery O'Connor at the New Georgia Encyclopedia.


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Hugh Ruppersburg is Professor of English and Senior Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of Georgia. He is the author or editor of many books, including After O'Connor and Georgia Voices, a three-volume anthology of Georgia's fiction, nonfiction, and poetry (Georgia).