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Flannery O'Connor was among the greatest American writers of
the second half of the 20th century; she was a writer in the Southern tradition of Eudora Welty, William Faulkner, and Carson McCullers, who wrote such classic novels and short stories as Wise Blood, The Violent Bear it Away, and A Good Man is Hard to Find. She is perhaps
as well known for her tantalizing brand of
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published July 16th 2012 by Fantagraphics (first published January 1st 2002)
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Jul 29, 2012 rated it liked it
I happened o see this book on the new book display during my most recent visit to the library and couldn't resist borrowing it. O'Connor is high on my list of authors I really want to read and Southern authors I've missed completely.

This was an interesting and fun find. The cartoons date from the early 1940s when O'Connor was in high school and college and express her general and specific observations of life. Having also attended a small woman's college, though in the late 1960s, I was amused a
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Flannery Connor cartoons...she drew them...need I say more?
Mb Hopkins
Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Not really much to "read" in this book as it's mostly her cartoons, but I learned a few things about O'Connor in this short, interesting history. I had no idea how much she was into visual art, but I also learned about her lifelong love for feathered friends of all kinds, beyond the peacocks in her menagerie. One of my favorite pieces of trivia: She was quite fond of chickens. (I love chickens.) Admittedly somewhat self-deprecating, O'Connor called the fact that she taught a chicken to walk back ...more
Eve Kay
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
The charicatures and cartoons were kinda cool. I liked how many of their faces looked annoyed.
Their style was something that appeals to me: pretty simple but has an idea.
I was initially delighted that at the end of the book there was a part about O'Connor herself.
It turned out to be a drag since there really isn't much to say about her and it went on for about 30 pages.
The two stars are for the cartoons.
Sam Torode
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Flannery O'Connor was a terrific cartoonist, similar to James Thurber in style.

In 1998 I visited the O'Connor library at Milledgeville and acquired photocopies of these cartoons. I hoped to publish them as a book, but was told the estate held the rights. It took a while, but someone else finally had the same idea and did a great job with the design and presentation of this hardcover volume.
Jay Shelat
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have to give this book a 4; it's an average of a five and a three.

Five-- The cartoons in this collection are charming, intelligent, and important to a community that was, in many ways, defined by war. World War II hit Flannery O'Connor's college, Georgia State College for Women, hard. Not only were rations severe (paper and certain foods were sent to the troops fighting in Europe before colleges, especially women's colleges), but the college was the base for thousands of women training for the
Erin W
I have been a huge fan of Flannery O'Connor's literary output for a long time, but somehow it escaped my knowledge that she was, in and around her prose scribblings, also a practiced cartoonist. She did drawings for publications in her high school and college careers and became well-known among her peers for doing so. Her characters are a bit grotesque, fat and skinny in excess, bending at impossible angles, and all saying wry and ironic things to each other. Even if you don't care for comics, i ...more
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really interesting insights into an unfamiliar aspect of a favorite author. I didn't know anything about O'Connor's work as a cartoonist and printmaker before stumbling upon this little gem.
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It's O'Connor, of course it gets five stars!
Jul 12, 2011 marked it as to-read
Who knew?
Ty Melgren
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
Do you like Flannery O'Connor? Do you like comix? Then you probably won't give a shit about this book.
Jack Silbert
Aug 17, 2018 rated it liked it
There's a lot to like and learn here, and in the process I did develop a mad, posthumous crush on Flannery O'Connor. However, I have to classify this one as an exceedingly rare formatting FAIL from the good people at Fantagraphics Books, and that prevented this from being a fully enjoyable reading experience.

There isn't an excessive amount of O'Connor artwork (primarily linoleum cuts, but also some illustrations) in this volume, so it's necessarily padded out with appreciative essays. And here'
Jan 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: cartoons
If these weren't by one of the most lionized American writers of the twentieth century, I doubt we'd be looking at them today. They are accomplished juvenalia, well enough conceived and rendered, but they are not exceptional. Many are so topical that any relevance they had has long faded (O'Conner produced these in high school and college, often taking as topics contemporary campus events). The project is not helped by its design: blank verso pages with two cartoons on the recto, and then notes ...more
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
When taking a tour of O'Connor's childhood home a few weeks ago, the tour guide remarked that this book was going out of print. I felt compelled to grab a copy, and though the book is nice to flip through, I can maybe see why the publisher is done with it. The organization of the book is bizarre. As other reviewers have noted, the descriptions for the cartoons are all at the back of the book, and so it feels a little tedious to read.
Regardless, it's an excellent collection of O'Connor's artwork
Jeff Mazurek
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
A collection of linoleum cut cartoons drawn by a student at the then Georgia State College for Women. It just so happens that the cartoonist was Flannery O'Connor, who would of course go on to write some of the most well-regarded fiction of the 20th century. It also just so happens that she drew many of these wry bits on the home front during WWII.

I'm sure there are more complete pictures and studies regarding the life and work of O'Connor, but I'm delighted this snapshot exists. No less importa
Garrett Cash
Flannery O'Connor is my favorite American author, so as a die-hard O'Connor completist, I had to pick this volume up from the local library and give it a read. It won't hold much interest for those who are not already deeply invested in O'Connor and her fiction, but for fans it is a fascinating insight into O'Connor's early development as an artist. Since it only take a mere half hour or so to go through it's not much of an investment. O'Connor's wit and humor is there, and many of the cartoons ...more
Lisa Roney
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What can I say? I'm a Flannery O'Connor devotee, so this book with its new tid-bits makes me very happy. Yes, it's minor work in some ways, but these cartoons show O'Connor at her usual poignant and hilarious self. One of the things I have always admired about her is how herself she was. In my life, I am surrounded by writers and would-be writers, many of whom are obsessed with image and "being a writer." O'Connor, on the other hand, wrote out of a deep and sincere sense of her own and others' h ...more
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
the difficulty of portraying gestures
warm linoleum easily cut
lifelong obsession with birds (Pathe' did a short about her at 5, training a chicken to walk backwards)
101..writerly advice: stop searching for the right technique, and just start looking
she was very much a visual person
similar to Thurber's line drawings
buddy comedy influenced her narrative style & choice of characters (Benny & Eddie Anderson, Laurel & Hardy, Abbott & Costello,..)
WC Fields' The Dentist
Ogden Nash

Most humor does not stand up well over time. Whether I would have chuckled at O'Connor's comics were I alive at the time, I didn't find them particularly enjoyable, funny, or remarkable now. The intro essay by Barry Moser does contextualize the work well and increased my appreciation, and the concluding biographical essay may be of interest to some.

But unless you are especially interested in O'Connor's backstory, your time would be better spent reading or re-reading some of her prose.
Dan Kelly
An interesting look at another creative side of the great writer. However, I think these charming yet primitive linocuts for O'Connor's school papers probably wouldn't have received as much attention of they weren't by the writer of Wise Blood, etc. Sort of how John Lennon's doodles have achieved an inexplicable fame all their own. Still, a treat to review, showing Ms. O'Connor wasn't just about violence, racism, and peacocks.
University of Chicago Magazine
Bruce Gentry, AM'76

This 112-page, soft-cover book reprints the cartoons that the famous writer Flannery O'Connor created for four student publications while
she was a student at Georgia State College for Women during her undergraduate years, 1942-45, as well as the cartoons O'Connor created for the student newspaper of Peabody High School in Milledgeville. The book was published by Georgia College in 2010, and it may be ordered at
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Flannery OConnor siempre me ha parecido una narradora peculiar, viene Una a enterarse que hacía grabado también de manera peculiar. Estas caricaturas pasean por la vida de una universidad para mujeres, la mirada es la de una chica que, entre la dulzura y la malicia, explora el mundo académico con un tinte de sarcasmo. Un pequeño tesoro. Y Una se dice: si Flannery pudo enseñarle a una gallina a caminar al revés, por supuesto que se enseñó a sí misma a jugar con la imagen. ...more
Dec 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This gave me a lot more insight into Flannery O’Connor - it also was an interesting look at her budding creative process. It is clear that the cartoons she drew gave way - and the process of them - grew into the novels and stories she wrote. There is a lot of insight about, in particular, her college years and the way that experience shaped her and gave her vehicles for expression. I found it very interesting and insightful. I’m very glad I read it.
Emilia P
Aug 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: comic-books
There is hope for me yet! F O'C sort of started out making woodblock prints for her school newspapers! They're a bit sour and a bit funny, like her writing! Whoulda thunk. Well, probably most.
Since they're for a girl's college newspaper in the 40s they are not entirely applicable or enjoyable outside of that context, but it is pretty cool that they're being recognized as an integral part of her body of work! Cool.
Aug 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography-memoir
For any fan of Flannery O'Connor, this book certainly deserves a look. It focuses on linoleum cut cartoons that she created for high school and college publications. She mentions how art informs all creative thought, and the humor found in the content of her early cartoons is indicative of the nature of her writing in later years. I really enjoyed learning about this dimension of one of the most fascinating writers of Southern Gothic literature.
Sep 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Before she was one of America's most celebrated fiction writers, Flannery O'Connor was an observant and sarcastic illustrator. This is the collection of her satirical linoleum block cuts complete with one-liner captions that were featured in The Peabody Palladium and The Corinthian, the student publications of her high school and college, respectively.
Nov 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Clever and somewhat funny material created by Flannery O'Connor discussing her college days by using the comic medium... Before O'Connor was a writer, she wanted to be a comic book writer; and was quite good at it ! I didnt really read too much of the book, but just looked at the comics, which were pretty good.
Moira Russell
Jul 11, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: in-the-queue
Elliott Bay had this prominently displayed on the three-tier wooden rack of expensive artsy/local books RIGHT in front of the door as you walk in, and I grabbed it immediately. They know how to market.
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Cool book highlighting linoleum cut cartoons O'Connor produced for her high school and college school publications.
Nov 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
A great new view of Flannery O'Connor. I will forever think of her and her chicken that walks backward.
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Flannery O'Connor was born in Savannah, Georgia, in 1925. When she died at the age of thirty-nine, America lost one of its most gifted writers at the height of her powers. O’Connor wrote two novels, Wise Blood (1952) and The Violent Bear It Away (1960), and two story collections, A Good Man Is Hard to Find (1955) and Everything That Rises Must Converge (1964). Her Complete Stories, published posth ...more
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