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Flannery O'Connor

How fallen we are, from Dante and Beatrice to John Hinckley and Jodie Foster. "We did the best job with what we had to work with," the twenty-two-year-old jury foreman said after the unanimous decision that Hinckley was...

It is well to be reminded again and again that, though we like to think ourselves advance agents of such progress, the strategy of gnostic manipulation of being is very ancient. John Milton suggests the point: Satan's...

Many of Flannery O'Connor's stories portray the ineptness of men to uphold traditional ideals of manhood. The men show no leadership, they do not protect or care for their family members, they lack all manner of chivalry,...
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Francis Marion Tarwater’s uncle had been dead for only half a day when the boy got too drunk to finish digging his grave and a Negro named Buford Munson, who had come to...
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Toward the end of her life, Flannery O’Connor was often asked to speak about being a Southerner, as though this were a peculiar condition in need of explanation. In “The Catholic Novelist in the Protestant South,”...
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Previously in these pages, I highlighted the wealth of contemporary Christian literature being published, focusing on a variety of different novels and novellas that I recommended that readers of The Imaginative Conservative...
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O.E. Parker is constantly looking in the mirror. Vanity of vanities. Parker is one of Flannery O’Connor’s crazy misfits. A tough dropout who was captivated by the mystique of tattoo at the age of fourteen when...
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Alan Jacobs patiently explains why even the most scrupulous of scholars can’t understand the first thing about Flannery O’Connor’s stories without at least a good deal of biblical literacy.* Well, a real poet or a person with...
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Art is the pulse of the soul. It expresses much of what is kept hidden and even what could not be expressed in any other form. Many people talk of a crisis in modern art—its abstractness, banality,...
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In her study of the South’s preeminent fictionist, Flannery O’Connor’s Sacramental Art, Susan Srigley reconsiders three of Flannery O’Connor’s most significant figures: Hazel Motes, Francis Tarwater, and Ruby Turpin. The...

In 1989, the year before his death, the great Southern novelist Walker Percy wrote a letter to rock-and-roll legend Bruce Springsteen, which reads, in part: This is a fan letter—of sorts. I’ve always been an...
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Marion Montgomery The Prophetic Poet and the Spirit of the Age by Marion Montgomery (in three volumes): Why Flannery O'Connor Stayed Home (1981), Why Poe Drank Liquor (1983), Why Hawthorne Was Melancholy...
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A Life of Flannery O'Connor, by Brad Gooch Mary Flannery O'Connor described herself as a 13th century Catholic and she was right. Surprisingly in an age given to nihilism, progressivism,...
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Flannery O'Connor Flannery O'Connor and the Language of Apocalypse, by Edward Kessler. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1986. The Correspondence of Flannery O'Connor and the Brainard...