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The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O'Connor

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"I have come to think that the true likeness of Flannery O'Connor will be painted by herself, a self-portrait in words, to be found in her letters," writes Sally Fitzgerald in her introduction to The Habit of Being. This extensive collection of letters provides an invaluable glimpse into O'Connor's world, beginning with her first query letter to her agent in 1948 and ending with her last note of 1964, left on her bedside table. The Habit of Being traces the development of an enigmatic human being and one of the finest Southern writers of the twentieth century.
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Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Special Award

"I have come to think that the true likeness of Flannery O'Connor will be painted by herself, a self-portrait in words, to be found in her letters . . . There she stands, a phoenix risen from her own words: calm, slow, funny, courteous, both modest and very sure of herself, intense, sharply penetrating, devout but never pietistic, downright, occasionally fierce, and honest in a way that restores honor to the word."Sally Fitzgerald, from the Introduction

Flannery O'Connor was born in Savannah, Georgia, in 1925. When she died at the age of thirty-nine, America lost one of its most gifted writers at the height of her powers.

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Special Award

"I have come to think that the true likeness of Flannery O'Connor will be painted by herself, a self-portrait in words, to be found in her letters . . . There she stands, a phoenix risen from her own words: calm, slow, funny, courteous, both modest and very sure of herself, intense, sharply penetrating, devout but never pietistic, downright, occasionally fierce, and honest in a way that restores honor to the word."Sally Fitzgerald, from the Introduction

"Correspondence that gleams with consciousness . . . To compare her with the great letter writers of our time may seem presumptuous and would have elicited from her one of her famous steely glances, but Byron, Keats, Lawrence, Wilde, and Joyce come irresistibly to mind."Richard Gilman, The New York Times Book Review (front-page review)

Synopsis:

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Special Award

"I have come to think that the true likeness of Flannery O'Connor will be painted by herself, a self-portrait in words, to be found in her letters . . . There she stands, a phoenix risen from her own words: calm, slow, funny, courteous, both modest and very sure of herself, intense, sharply penetrating, devout but never pietistic, downright, occasionally fierce, and honest in a way that restores honor to the word."—Sally Fitzgerald, from the Introduction

About the Author

Flannery O'Connor was born in Savannah, Georgia, in 1925. When she died at the age of thirty-nine, America lost one of its most gifted writers at the height of her powers.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Sally Fitzgerald

Part I: Up North and Getting Home

1948-1952

Part II: Day In and Day Out

1953-1958

Part III: "The Violent Bear It Away"

1959-1963

Part IV: The Last Year

1964

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374521042
Editor:
Fitzgerald, Sally
Author:
Fitzgerald, Sally
Author:
O'Connor, Flannery
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Authors
Subject:
Women authors, American
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
Novelists, American
Subject:
Women authors, American -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
Subject:
Authors, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
O'Connor, Flannery
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Paperback ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
19880831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
624
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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"I have come to think that the true likeness of Flannery O'Connor will be painted by herself, a self-portrait in words, to be found in her letters," writes Sally Fitzgerald in her introduction to The Habit of Being. This extensive collection of letters provides an invaluable glimpse into O'Connor's world, beginning with her first query letter to her agent in 1948 and ending with her last note of 1964, left on her bedside table. The Habit of Being traces the development of an enigmatic human being and one of the finest Southern writers of the twentieth century.

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Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Special Award

"I have come to think that the true likeness of Flannery O'Connor will be painted by herself, a self-portrait in words, to be found in her letters . . . There she stands, a phoenix risen from her own words: calm, slow, funny, courteous, both modest and very sure of herself, intense, sharply penetrating, devout but never pietistic, downright, occasionally fierce, and honest in a way that restores honor to the word."—Sally Fitzgerald, from the Introduction

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