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Conversations with Flannery O'Connor (Literary Conversations) Paperback – February 2, 1987
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I would recommend this book to those looking for data sources for research and those hoping for unfiltered insight into the person of Flannery O'Connor.
The main detraction I have of the book is that it tends to be a bit repetitive. It isn't bothersome, from the point of annoyance, to reread some of the stories and insights by or about the author because they make for delightful reading, but as I made progress with the book I felt it lost a bit of freshness.
However, on the whole this is a lovely little book and I think anyone who reads it will profit from the wisdom and humor it offers and find it very pleasurable reading.
Her introduction describes O'Connor's responses to her interviewers and suggests that these responses illustrate and reflect her personality and interaction with others. Outlines O'Connor's varied approaches in dealing with reporters, participants of literary discussions, panels, and literary critics. Includes a chronology and index.
Interviewers include: Harvey Breit, Celestine Sibley, Betsy Lochridge, Margaret Turner, Robert Donner, Richard Gilman, Katherine Fugin, Faye Rivard, Margaret Sieh, Betsy Fancher, Granville Hicks, Joel Wells, Frank Daniel, Richard P. Frisbie, Gerard E. Sherry, and C. Ross Mullins, Jr.
Reader's may also be interested in reading Magee's discussion of the "preacher figure" in works by O'Connor, Robert Penn Warren, Eudora Welty, William Faulker, William Styron and Carson McCullers in her dissertation, "'Ambassador of God': The Preacher in Twentieth-Century Southern Fiction," completed at Emory University in 1982.
R. Neil Scott / Middle Tennessee State University