Influenced by Alfred Hitchcock, Gertrude Stein, The Wooster Group, and Richard Foreman, John Jesurun began to produce his own theatrical pieces in the early 1980s. Everything That Rises Must Converge was first performed at the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis and then at the Kitchen in New York in 1990. Mel Gussow, writing in the New Times, observed that the language of the play was complex, moving "backwards, forward and sideways," but "...what holds the audience's attention is the ingenious style of presentation. While we are still trying to correlate the barrage of words and of live video figures, some of whom appear to be talking to themselves, the rear wall suddenly swings to a perpendicular, revealing an entirely different audience sitting on bleachers on the opposite side of the stage. In a mirror reversal, they have been watching our actors on monitors and our monitor-actors on stage."
Nine modern short stories that often bristle with caustic humor
Flannery O'Connor was working on Everything That Rises Must Converge at the time of her death. This collection is an exquisite legacy from a genius of the American short story, in which she scrutinizes territory familiar to her readers: race, faith, and morality. The stories encompass the comic and the tragic, the beautiful and the grotesque; each carries her highly individual stamp and could have been written by no one else.
Julian, a recent college graduate, accompanies his mother on the bus to her weekly exercise session. A self-styled intellectual, Julian resents his mother’s ingrained prejudice and superiority, but is forced to face the consequences when their actions put them at odds with the passengers of their recently racially-integrated bus. American author Flannery O’Connor is known for her portrayal of flawed characters and their inevitable spiritual transformation. “Everything That Rises Must Converge” addresses themes of institutional discrimination at a time when racial barriers were being shattered. HarperPerennialClassics brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperPerennial Classics collection to build your digital library.
A Study Guide for Flannery O'C "onner's Everything That Rises Must Converge," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Short Stories for Students.This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Short Stories for Students for all of your research needs.