59 Flannery O’Connor

Flannery O’Connor (1925-1964) lived a life that, in retrospect, looks almost like one of her short stories: sudden, impactful, and lastingly powerful. Deeply Catholic, O’Connor portrayed the American South as a place full of complex characters seeking redemption in unusual and often violent ways. She once said that she had found that violence was “strangely capable of returning my characters to reality and preparing them to accept their moment of grace,” and it is this confrontation – restless faith crashing into pain and evil – that energizes O’Connor’s best works. Possessed of almost supernatural writerly gifts, O’Connor’s insight and artistry place her in the uppermost echelon of American authors. Host Jacke Wilson tells the story of O’Connor’s life, her most famous works, and his own near-connection to the author…before concluding with some troubling recent discoveries and a preview of a deeper examination of O’Connor and her place in American letters.

Show Notes: 

See the photo of the young Flannery O’Connor at the Amana Colonies at https://jackewilson.com/2014/08/08/writers-laughing-flannery-oconnor/.

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Music Credits:

Handel – Entrance to the Queen of Sheba” by Advent Chamber Orchestra (From the Free Music Archive / CC by SA).

“Porch Blues” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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4 thoughts on “59 Flannery O’Connor”

  1. Wow. There are moments in this podcast, especially at the ‘Amana Colonies’ section, where you are either sleep-deprived or stoned. A lot of good content in other parts, though. Keep up the good work,…and maybe get an extra couple hours’ sleep!

    1. This cracked me up! I wish I could say I was stoned – some great literary precedents there – but I’m afraid sleep-deprived is more accurate. I think it’s easier to get sober than to get more sleep, or at least it seems that way for those of us who are insomniacs. (But you might also be dismissing the power of the Amana Colonies to inspire some strange behavior… 🙂 )

  2. What happened to the promised Part 2? I know I’m hitting this way late (6 years behind, sorry!)

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