[percy-l] ‘Good Things Out of Nazareth’: An inside look at the new collection of Flannery O'Connors letters (Interview)
Henry P. Mills
wppdirector at gmail.com
Wed Nov 6 11:09:11 EST 2019
Below is an interesting interview with the editor of a second collection of O’Connor’s letters entitled, Good Things Out of Nazareth: The Uncollected Letters of Flannery O’Connor & Friends <https://www.amazon.com/Good-Things-Out-Nazareth-Uncollected/dp/0525575065/> (Convergent Books, 2019).
Percy is mentioned and discussed several times, along with other notables such as Caroline Gordon. Read the introduction below to start, or go straight to the below link.
'Good Things Out of Nazareth': An inside look at the new collection of Flannery O'Connor's letters
Matthew Becklo | Nov 04, 2019 | aleteia.org
Flannery O’Connor's letters "sparkle with wit" and reveal her vocation as an apologist for the faith and spiritual director for searching friends, says the collection's editor.
There seem to be two kinds of ambassadors for Flannery O'Connor: those who insist you should start with her stories, and those who insist you should start with her letters. I fall into the first category. But the operative phrase (as it is for the other side) is "start with." Her dark, violent fiction and her witty, illuminating nonfiction are best understood together.
For many years now, The Habit of Being, a 1979 collection edited by her friend Sally Fitzgerald, has been the single source for Flannery O’Connor's letters. Whether as a door to her world or a key to unlocking her stories, it has delighted readers with its in-depth look at the friendships, afflictions, and above all, abiding Catholic faith of one of the greatest writers who ever lived.
But this year, Convergent Books has released a brand new collection of letters from Flannery O’Connor, as well as some of her religious and literary acquaintances, titled Good Things Out of Nazareth: The Uncollected Letters of Flannery O'Connor & Friends <https://www.amazon.com/Good-Things-Out-Nazareth-Uncollected/dp/0525575065/>.
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