Flannery O'Connor and Edward Lewis Wallant: Two of a Kind reflects upon the works of these two 20th Century American writers. In style and substance, the fiction of O'Connor and Wallant highlights a convergence seldom seen in literature through their singular vision of man as deeply spiritual in nature. Both writers were preoccupied with the meaning of man's existence-his understanding of himself, his relationship with his fellow man, and his relationship to God-and their writings provide a unique examination of their philosophical views.
John V. McDermott is Adjunct Professor of English at Suffolk County Community College and Farmingdale State University.
Chapter 1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 A Shared Vision Chapter 4 Correlative Themes Chapter 5 The Holocaust Chapter 6 Methods of Presentation I: Allegory-Parables-Biblical Allusions Chapter 7 Methods of Presentation II: Symbols-Using People, Places, and Things Chapter 8 Methods of Presentation III: The Grotesque- Exaggeration and Violence Chapter 9 Methods of Presentation IV: Imagery: Realist and Romantic Chapter 10 Humor and compassion Chapter 11 Humanism: Secular and Christian and the Intertwining Philosophical Attitudes Chapter 12 Works Cited Chapter 13 Index Chapter 14 About the Author