Archives For Flannery O’Connor



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Fresh Subversion

A Subversive Gospel:
Flannery O’Connor and the Reimagining of Beauty, Goodness, and Truth
Michael Bruner

Paperback:  IVP Academic, 2017
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Reviewed by Peter Surran

The cover of Michael Mears Bruner’s book, A Subversive Gospel:  Flannery O’Connor and the Reimagining of Beauty, Goodness, and Truth, features O’Connor in her familiar spectacles and headscarf looking very subversive indeed.  She looks like she’s up to something and, the truth is, scholars have been debating on what that “something” is for decades.

Bruner adds to that debate by presenting a fresh key to unlocking O’Connor’s writing: the work of the theologian Baron Friedrich von Hugel.  The answer to the question of, “Why do we need another book about Flannery O’Connor,” is that von Hugel’s influence on the writer has never been thoroughly explored, at least in Bruner’s estimation. In this regard, Bruner does prove his point.  He points out seemingly obvious points of convergence, pun intended, with a “how-did-they-miss-this” level of certainty.  
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Our Absurd and Grotesque
and Beautiful World

A Feature Review of 

A Political Companion
to Flannery O’Connor
Edited by Henry T. Edmondson III

Hardback. UPress of Kentucky, 2017
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Reviewed by Todd Edmondson


Upon hearing of Flannery O’Connor’s death in 1964, Thomas Merton famously wrote that when he reflected on her life and work, “I don’t think of Hemingway, or Katherine Ann Porter, or Sartre, but rather of someone like Sophocles.” It is perhaps unsurprising that Merton was compelled to draw connections between the mid-twentieth-century fiction writer from Milledgeville, Georgia and the most-decorated playwright of Greece’s Classical period. Both wrote works that occupied the threshold between violence and the sacred. Both depicted dysfunctional family dynamics and the perennial struggle between parents and children. Both confront and unsettle their audience with the oracular wisdom and obscure utterances of blind prophets, and both, in Merton’s words, show us “man’s fall and dishonor.”

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This week marked the anniversary of the death of Flannery O’Connor (3 August 1964), one of the greatest fiction writers of the twentieth century.

To mark the occasion, we offer the following introductory reading guide to her work.

We’ve ordered this list in the order that we think the books should be read, and we offer a brief explanation of why each book was included. We’ve included excerpts of most the books via Google Books.

*** Don’t miss these rare clips of
Flannery O’Connor reading her work 


1) The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connnor

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
( Flannery O’Connor, John O’Donohue, Rob Bell , MORE)

Via our sister website Thrifty Christian Reader
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A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories

Flannery O’Connor

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
(Marilynne Robinson, Flannery O’Connor, Bonhoeffer, MORE)

Via our sister website Thrifty Christian Reader
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Gilead: A Novel

Marilynne Robinson

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Other books by Marilynne Robinson that are also on sale… 




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This wonderful recording surfaced online this week…

Stephen Colbert reading Flannery O’Connor’s short story “The Enduring Chill”

This story can be found in:

The Complete Stories
Flannery O’Connor

Paperback: FSG Books, 1971
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Read an excerpt from the newly released

A Prayer Journal

Flannery O’Connor

Hardback: FSG Books, 2013
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Listen to rare audio of Flannery O’Connor reading her work!!!!
(Includes the story “A Good Man is hard to Find”…)


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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

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Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women
By Sarah Bessey

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Jonathan Rogers - Terrible Speed of MercyFinding Redemption

A Review of

The Terrible Speed of Mercy: A Spiritual Biography of Flannery O’Connor

Jonathan Rogers

Paperback: Thomas Nelson, 2012.
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Reviewed by Mary Bowling


It would seem that a biography about as spiritual a person as Flannery O’Connor must necessarily be a spiritual one. However, to the casual reader of O’Connor’s works, the circumstances of her life and spirituality are far from expected. How the gritty, filthy, mulish characters could issue forth from the frail, high-bred and deeply Catholic O’Connor is a question that adds a deeper level of interest to stories that already tend to hit the reader sideways.


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