Flannery O'Connor


Poetic nothingness

A review of Rita Mae Reese

This collection is suffused with one of poetry’s most fundamental aims: making meaning out of suffering and loss.


A Prayer Journal, by Flannery O’Connor

Flannery O’Connor never wrote just for herself, God, and an elite group of peers. She was eager for an audience with ears to hear about grace.


Paul: A Novel, by Walter Wangerin Jr.

The uneasy genre of biblical fiction often includes what Flannery O’Connor called the “shoddy religious novel,” filled with shallow characters and plot structures as clichéd and melodramatic as 1950s biblical films.


Flannery: A Life of Flannery O'Connor

She was the best confessedly Christian writer of the 20th century, maybe one of the very best of any time or place. With dark wit, always tinged with a threat of horror, she packed into her stories the guilt, blood, violence, blinding light and costly redemption that is our encounter with the living Christ, though she seldom made explicit reference to Christ. Her stories are parables of a world with everything out of balance, not just because most of them occur in the unbalanced American South, but because she deeply believed that we have been whopped upside the head by a God who is determined to have us—even if God has to venture into inhospitable rural Georgia to do it.

Flannery O'Connor and the Christ-Haunted South

The homogeneity of modernity—with its Wal-Marts, Lowe’s stores and Advance Auto Parts—is marking the South. It is being transformed from a unique region into Everywhere and Nowhere—and this transformation is a great threat to our nation’s redemption, argues Baylor University professor Ralph Wood.