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As this collection of interviews shows, Flannery O'Connor's fiction, though bound to a particular time and place, embodies and reveals universal ideas. O'Connor's curiosity about human nature and its various manifestations compelled her to explore mysterious places in the mind and heart. Despite her short life and prolonged illness, O'Connor was interviewed in a variety of ...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published February 2nd 1987 by University Press of Mississippi (first published February 1st 1987)
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This book contains about 20 interviews made with Flannery O'Connor from 1952 to 1963. They are in chronological order and some are written as scripts of actual conversation that was recorded, while others are written as articles. I enjoyed reading the interviews because having just finished "The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O'Connor" ( ), she discusses many of these interviews in her letters to friends. Comparing her personal thoughts (from her lett ...more
A collection of interviews with Miss O'Connor. Some are transcripts and some are essays recording a visit to her. Well worth buying for anyone who wants to get a picture of O'Connor as she interacted with her friends and those interested in her in her own day.

Anyone who has read Mystery and Manners or her letters will be familiar with most of the themes and even many of the sayings presented here. I've found that writers tend to take the time to hone sayings like tools, where they're sharp and
This little book is composed of a selection of interviews and articles by and/or about Flannery O'Connor. She is very generously quoted and the selections do well to show, most particularly, the author's wit, humor, thoughtfulness, and Southern charm, but bring to life many other of her personality traits as well. The greatest benefit to these selections must surely be the advice on writing. Her approach to writing is examined and contrasted with other authors and I think this book would serve w ...more
This book of interviews is indispensible to the Flannery fan. It’s the shortest I’ve seen in the series of U. Press of Mississippi’s “Conversations With” books. And that fact is, itself, very Flannery: her life and literary output were too brief, and her conversation wasted no words. Still, her statements here are always profound and suggestive, infused with mystery. As always, she leaves you wanting more.
Jeff Crompton
This is a collection of interviews with, and articles about, one of my favorite fiction writers. The entries vary wildly in quality; some of the writers/interviewers show remarkable sympathy for and understanding of Ms. O'Connor's aims, while others are just inane. But most of it is worth reading; the best pieces here allow O'Connor to clarify her vision, and much of the stupid stuff is fun to read.
Despite her out-and-out distrust of reporters and interviews, her humor and immense thinking about writing as an art come out quite loud through this. Best line of the book: "Some old lady said that my book left a bad taste in her mouth. I wrote back to her and said, 'You weren't supposed to eat it.'" Marvellous.
While much of the cursory background information in the collection of interviews and essays, etc... is repetitive, one can really get a sense of O'Connor's purpose and wit. Highly recommend this to anyone who has barely familiarized themselves with her work, but fell for it immediately.
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