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Words for Artists from Flannery O’Conner

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Flannery O’Conner
(1925-1964) the southern novelist and short story writer was an important voice in American Literature.  She was amazing in how she would write of the world as it is.  Her fiction is full of grotesque characters and bizarre situations, but she argued that it was because of, rather than in spite of her being a Christ follower that she wrote like this.  She felt that knowing that perfection existed allowed her to see imperfection for what it really was. 

Listen to what she writes, for I think it is a good word for artists of any kind:  “My own feeling is that writers who see by the light of their Christian faith will have, in these times, the sharpest eyes for the grotesque, for the perverse, and for the unacceptable… Redemption is meaningless unless there is a cause for it in the actual life we live, and for the last few centuries there has been operating in our culture the secular belief that there is no such cause.”


4 Responses to Words for Artists from Flannery O’Conner

  1. JD says:

    Thanks for the prophetic quote. I am a o’conner fan. In fact, we will be starting an o’conner discussion group soon.

    Where did you get that quote, JR?

  2. JD says:

    Thanks for the prophetic quote. I am a o’conner fan. In fact, we will be starting an o’conner discussion group soon.

    Where did you get that quote, JR?

  3. JR Woodward says:

    JD,

    Sorry for the delay. I’m on holiday with my family. The book the quote is from is Mystery and Manners. New York: Farrar Strauss Giroux, 1961.

    Hope that helps. Peace.

  4. Dave Kludt says:

    JR,

    Thanks for posting this. It caught my attention on Sunday, and have been thinking about it since then.

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