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Product Details

  • Series: Literary Conversations
  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi; First Edition edition (February 2, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878052658
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878052653
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Flannery O'Connor was born in Savannah, Georgia in 1925, the only child of Catholic parents. In 1945 she enrolled at the Georgia State College for Women. After earning her degree she continued her studies on the University of Iowa's writing program, and her first published story, 'The Geranium', was written while she was still a student. Her writing is best-known for its explorations of religious themes and southern racial issues, and for combining the comic with the tragic. After university, she moved to New York where she continued to write. In 1952 she learned that she was dying of lupus, a disease which had afflicted her father. For the rest of her life, she and her mother lived on the family dairy farm, Andalusia, outside Millidgeville, Georgia. For pleasure she raised peacocks, pheasants, swans, geese, chickens and Muscovy ducks. She was a good amateur painter. She died in the summer of 1964.

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By A Customer on August 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
This text was not what I expected. Only the brief introduction is a narrative, while the text itself is a collection of the transcriptions from seminars, articles about O'Connor's life, and her answers to questions at various symposia. That is not to suggest that the book was not useful; instead, I gained valuable data that would have otherwise taken me hours to find in a library - all between the covers of this short book. (Some readers may be interested to know that some of the interviews may be recognized as those mocked by O'Connor in her letters in The Habit of Being.) It is interesting to observe her behavior as she participates in a panel discussion, and her responses are classic O'Connor.
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.
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This little book is composed of a selection of interviews and articles by and/or about Flannery O'Connor. She is very generously quoted and the selections do well to show, most particularly, the author's wit, humor, thoughtfulness, and Southern charm, but bring to life many other of her personality traits as well. The greatest benefit to these selections must surely be the advice on writing. Her approach to writing is examined and contrasted with other authors and I think this book would serve well as an introductory to writing for any perspective student, regardless of whether or not they are particularly interested in 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.
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Rosemary Magee has gathered together for readers a compilation of twenty-two "conversations" with Flannery O'Connor -- interviews that originally appeared in a variety of newspapers, magazines and journals.

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
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