The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O'Connor

The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O'Connor

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374521042
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 08/01/1988
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 640
Sales rank: 300,905
Product dimensions: 6.27(w) x 8.89(h) x 1.73(d)

About the Author

Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964) was one of America’s most gifted writers. She wrote two novels, Wise Blood and The Violent Bear It Away, and two story collections, A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Everything That Rises Must Converge. Her Complete Stories, published posthumously in 1972, won the National Book Award that year, and in a 2009 online poll it was voted as the best book to have won the award in the contest's 60-year history. Her essays were published in Mystery and Manners and her letters in The Habit of Being.

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

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Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O'Connor 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Doey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this collection of Flannery's letters much better than I thought I would. I postponed reading it for six months. No matter how hard I have tried, I do not like her novels or stories. But her letters bring out the true character that she was. Especially in her earlier years when she wasn't so dragged down by lupus, her letters are funny and just a bit bordering on hysteria. Her depiction of Southerners of that day from her mother to their tennant farmers are apt and poignent. I laughed out loud regularly. She was clearly odd, even in comparision with some of her characters. But the way she lived her life, her obesssion with peacocks and how all of her friends insisted that none of the photographs taken of her did her justice makes her an interesting person who was so far out of touch with her contemporaries and even with her firends. I found myself thinking that not only would she have been fascinating to know and to discover her life perspective. I did become tired of the devotional aspects of her life, but I guess that her faith got her through her painful death. Odd books, odd character, but absolutely delightful letters were the hallmark. tedious this book would have been without the
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Wessagusset More than 1 year ago
Flannery O'Connor has captured my heart and my imagination since I first read her stories in the 1960s. An admittedly "lapsed Catholic" I read and reread her letters. I have, admittedly, received Holy Communion without having made my Easter Duty. I'm not sure that was her intention, however, her letters gave me a better understanding of the notion of Grace. After receiving the sacrament, I believed a sacredness accompanied me.
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