"No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. I am not afraid, but the sensation is like being afraid. The same fluttering in the stomach, the same restlessness, the yawning. I keep on swallowing." So begins one of the great modern reflections on grief, written by an English professor after the death of his wife. It was published in 1961 under a pseudonym. Name the actual author of these reflections and his pen name.
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Answer to Book Bag #586: The short story in which a grandmother is shot after pleading with her captors is Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man Is Hard To Find."
Winner: Michele Dyer, Arlington.