Flannery and Boldness

Flannery O’Connor, the inimitable Southern master of the grotesque image, retired early to bed — mostly because of her lupus.

After her evening prayer, she read St Thomas Aquinas. Why?

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  • Robert Brague

    A self-described “hilbilly Thomist,” Flannery O’Connor once said the following:

    “When we look at a good deal of serious modern fiction, and particularly
    Southern fiction, we find this quality about it that is generally
    described, in a pejorative sense, as grotesque. Of course, I have found
    that anything that comes out of the South is going to be called
    grotesque by the Northern reader, unless it is grotesque, in which case
    it is going to be called realistic.”

    I’m with her.

  • josenmiami

    I gotta get around to reading a book by her some day. So many books, so little time, another good reason to stay single.