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She was a master of Southern Gothic literature... But in the early ‘40s, Flannery O’Connor drew raw and biting comics, which are now collected in Flannery O’Connor:The Cartoons. Mostly tackling school and propriety, they’re a pitch­-black hoot. (Culture)

The images – rendered in black­-and­-white in a stylistically wobbly hand – demonstrate the thinly veiled dark humor and snappy dialogue O’Connor would come to perfect in her short stories. She was often the butt of her own jokes: the none­-too­-perfect girl. . . An engrossing and entertaining look at the blossoming talents of one of literature’s great iconoclasts. (Under the Radar)

About the Author

Flannery O'Connor was born in 1925 and died in 1964 after spending her life in Georgia.

Barry Moser (born 1940) is a renowned artist, most famous as a printmaker and illustrator of numerous works of literature, including Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking- Glass, The Bible and Moby-Dick. He is a Professor in Residence and Printer to the College at Smith College. His works have been displayed in such places as the British Museum, the Metropolitan Museum, Harvard, and the Library of Congress. He lives in Western Massachusetts.

An independent scholar specializing in the literature of the American South, Kelly Gerald holds B.S., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in English as well as a second Master’s degree in philosophy and religion. Her previous publications include work on Flannery O’Connor, Eudora Welty, William Faulkner, and Cormac McCarthy. Kelly works as senior writer-editor and director of media relations for the Phi Beta Kappa Society in Washington, D.C. and part-time as an Associate Professor of English for University of Maryland University College.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics; 1St Edition edition (July 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606994794
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606994795
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 0.8 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Elkin on August 3, 2013
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As a lover of American literature, for me the name Flannery O'Connor evokes the thick voice of the South as it used to sweat all over the more grotesque aspects of the American Dream. O'Connor's use of language could both embrace and destroy in the same sentence. Her novel Wise Blood defined a certain gothic sensibility for me, and it continues to be a touchstone for comparison for any new thing I read that affects even the slightest of drawls.

Needless to say, when I heard that Fantagraphics had published Flannery O'Connor: The Cartoons, my upper lip moistened slightly with excitement. One of my favorite American authors augmenting her craft with her visual sensibilities? It seemed like a no-brainer, a must-have, a need-now. What I got in the package of Flannery O'Connor: The Cartoons, though, was a conundrum.

This book complies cartoons that O'Connor created in the 1940s for the various publications from the high school and college she attended. Apparently, O'Connor's original intent was to pursue cartooning (then journalism) as a full-time career, but was diverted from this path when she nestled into the warm womb of the Iowa Writer's Workshop where she gestated and was reborn a dangerous writer. The cartoons contained in this collection are single panel commentary pieces about wartime campus life and a seemingly cavalier attitude toward the institutions of education. For the cartoons in this collection, O'Connor worked almost exclusively by cutting out her images in linoleum, which was then covered in ink and stamped on the paper.

The artwork is rough, rudimentary, stripped down, static and heavy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Erwin B Williamson on November 16, 2013
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If you are a Southerner, you already know and love Flannery O'Connor - a unique if quirky American genius. If you are a Northerner you are already culturally-challenged and will be mystified by many of these images. Nonetheless, buy the book and broaden your horizons.
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By John on September 11, 2014
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Intriguing, artful contemplation.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T Shell on January 17, 2013
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Bought this as a gift for my sister. Came on time and in great condition. The drawings are great. It's a great little peak into more of Flannery O'Connor's life.
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