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By J.J. Quinn

In 1964 whilst J.J. Quinn, the moderator of college of Scranton's literary journal Esprit, learned of Flannery O'Connor's demise, he solicited quite a lot of exceptional literary figures for tributes to Flannery.  one of the contributers have been: Brother Antoninus, Saul Bellow, Cleanth Brooks, Walter Burghardt, Harold Gardiner, Thomas Merton, Walker Percy, Eudora Welty, Katherine Ann Porter, and Robert Penn Warren.  the current quantity is a reprint of the unique Esprit tribute issue, changed in basic terms by way of gentle modifying and some fresh essays.

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But the quality of her brave and dedicated spirit came through at once. In her instance, I find it hard to separate the person from the artist. Certainly the character of both was an invincible integrity. This paragraph does not deserve appearing in your Memorial Edition, but I am very happy to know that you are doing such an edition and am happy to pay a personal tribute to this remark. Oscar Cargill Critic, Prof. New York University Flannery O'Connor seems to have lost an important battle, but to have conducted herself more or less like St.

The divergent views of Old Tarwater and Rayber are crystallized in their attitudes toward the retarded child, Bishop. " To the secularized schoolteacher, his idiot son is merely "a mistake of nature," a mistake which he once attempted to correct by drowning the boy, only to find himself inexplicably restrained by an overwhelming sense of love. In the end, young Tarwater proves a disciple of his ranting Page 6 great uncle. He baptizes Bishop and, in an appalling touch of irony, drowns the child in the process.

The tradition extends back through Sherwood Anderson and Ambrose Bierce to Edgar Allan Poe and even Washington Irving. Some of Miss O'Connor's contemporaries, second generation writers of the Southern Renaissance such as Truman Capote and Carson McCullers, also have dealt in grotesques, although it is highly doubtful that their motivations are religious like Miss O'Connor's. It would be unfair, however, to link Flannerv O'Connor too closely with any Southern movement. As a recent commentator noted, in her technique of the completely removed author and her cold, hard phrases, she really resembles Stephen Crane and Hemingway more than the typical Southern author.

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