O'connor, Flannery, 1925-1964
The Life You Save May Be Your Own
An American Pilgrimage
Paperback ISBN: 0374529213
The author explores the lives of Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day, Walker Percy, and Flannery O'Connor to search for evidence that their "Christ haunted" Catholic backgrounds inspired them to write, in a study of the spiritual and literary pilgrimage of these four great American Catholic writers. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.
The Terrible Speed of Mercy
A Spiritual Biography of Flannery O'Connor
Paperback ISBN: 1595550232
Flannery O'Connor's fiction is a reminder that the rural South is as good a place as any for transcendence to break through and reveal itself to the human gaze. The story of Flannery O'Connor's life is the story of her inner life more than her outer life. In a letter to a friend she wrote, "My audience are the people who think God is dead. At least these are the people I am conscious of writing for." And writing for such a people required that she find a whole new language, a language she had to make up as she went along, drawing startling and large figures to get the attention of the almost blind, shouting in the ear of the almost deaf. Her famous short story A Good Man Is Hard to Find was once called "profane, blasphemous, and outrageous," but for O'Connor, the real horror was never violence or deformity, but damnation. Horror that awakens a soul to its own danger and prepares it to receive grace is no horror, but a mercy. "The devil," she wrote, "accomplishes a good deal of groundwork that seems to be necessary before grace is effective." InThe Terrible Speed of MercyJonathan Rogers chronicles how a conventional, devout middle-class lady from a dairy farm in Milledgeville, Georgia, came to write stories that were like literary thunderstorms, turning on sudden violence and flashes of revelation that crashed down from the heavens, destroying even as they illuminated.