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Flannery O'Connor: A Memorial by J.J. Quinn
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Flannery O'Connor: A Memorial

by J.J. Quinn

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This is a fascinating little book I bought many years ago (in the last century, I'm sure) at the University of Scranton bookstore in one of my rambles (it's within walking distance of my office, and sometimes the only place in the city to buy books except the drugstore). It was published by the University, which is a Jesuit institution, and which had a slight connection with O'Connor at one time. She contributed to its campus magazine, Esprit in the 1950's. This book was originally a special edition of that magazine, published shortly after her death; it contains a wealth of tribute from critics, colleagues, friends and many Catholic educators, some of whom spoke of the woman, and others of whom went into her work in some critical depth. Some of it is useful in understanding where she was coming from. It includes a full review of [The Violent Bear it Away], and an essay on writing by O'Connor herself. Among those offering remembrances or observations were [[Cleanth Brooks]], [[Saul Bellow]], [[Alan Tate]], [[Robert Lowell]], [[Elizabeth Bishop]], [[Katharine Ann Porter]], [[Thomas Merton]] and [[Robie Macauley]].
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  laytonwoman3rd | Nov 25, 2015 |
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In 1964 when J.J. Quinn, the moderator of University of Scranton's literary journal Esprit, learned of Flannery O'Connor's death, he solicited a wide range of distinguished literary figures for tributes to Flannery.  Among the contributers were: Brother Antoninus, Saul Bellow, Cleanth Brooks, Walter Burghardt, Harold Gardiner, Thomas Merton, Walker Percy, Eudora Welty, Katherine Ann Porter, and Robert Penn Warren.  The present volume is a reprint of the original Esprit tribute issue, modified only by light editing and a few recent essays.

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