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Flannery O'Connor: The Cartoons Hardcover – July 16, 2012
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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
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.
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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.Read more ›
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Finally, we get more than just a peek at O'Connor's cartoons. Is definitely an essential addition to any O'Connor fan's collection.Published on February 13, 2013 by Judy Ann Parks
This was a Christmas gift for one of my granddaughters who loves Flannery O'Connor. i have not personally read any of her works.Published on January 21, 2013 by G. TATUM