Flannery O'Connor's birthday

Posted 6 years ago by Adam Gautsch

I really enjoyed this NYT book review on the biography of Flannery O'Connor by Brad Gooch.

Flannery. She liked to drink Coca-Cola mixed with coffee. She gave her mother, Regina, a mule for Mother’s Day. She went to bed at 9 and said she was always glad to get there. After ­Kennedy’s ­assassination she said: “I am sad about the president. But I like the new one.” As a child she sewed outfits for her chickens and wanted to be a ­cartoonist.

Read the whole thing. Please.


Visitor ~ 6 years ago

Because of her struggles with Lupus, O'Connor relied heavily on her Catholic faith. She had a "single story"- a "Salvation Story"- meaning all of her stories featured a character (usually either the protagonist or antagonist) who was a deviant- either physically as in "Parker's Back" or mentally such as The Misfit in "A Good Man is Hard to Find". She sought to bring her protagonist's to a moment of recognition- usually reached through severe distress and trauma- where they become the people they always should have been thus bringing them to a point of redemption and salvation.

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