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Flannery O'Connor: "Everything That Rises Must Converge"

Where did the title come from?

The title Everything That Rises Must Converge refers to a work by the French philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin titled the "Omega Point": "Remain true to yourself, but move ever upward toward greater consciousness and greater love! At the summit you will find yourselves united with all those who, from every direction, have made the same ascent. For everything that rises must converge."

Books that Address the Story

Flannery O'Connor: A Proper Scaring, by Jill Pelaez Baumgaertner

Flannery O'Connor: Comprehensive Research and Study Guide, by Harold Bloom

Nature and Grace in Flannery O'Connor's Fiction, by Lorine M. Getz

Flannery O'Connor and Her Unwritten Sacred History, by Sally Fitzgerald

Articles on "Everything That Rises"

Mark Boren, "Flannery O'Connor, Laughter, and the Word Made Flesh," Studies in American Fiction 26.1 1998 115-28

Mary Ellen Byrne, "Flannery O'Connor's Moments of Grace," Teaching English in the Two Year College 15.4 1998 250-54

Robert D. Denham, "The World of Guilt and Sorry: Flannery O'Connor's 'Everything That Rises Must Converge,'" Flannery O'Connor Bulletin 4 1975 43-51