The Habit of Being by Flannery O'Connor
Letters of Flannery O'Connor

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Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Special Award

"I have come to think that the true likeness of Flannery O'Connor will be painted by herself, a self-portrait in words, to be found in her letters . . . There she stands, a phoenix risen from her own words: calm, slow, funny, courteous, both modest and very sure of herself, intense, sharply penetrating, devout but never pietistic, downright, occasionally fierce, and honest in a way that restores honor to the word."—Sally Fitzgerald, from the Introduction


About Flannery O'Connor

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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. W. A. Sessions is the Regents’ Professor of English Emeritus at Georgia State University. He was a personal friend of O’Connor and has become a scholar of her work.
Published August 1, 1988 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 642 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Spirituality & Practice

This compelling collection of letters by Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964) covers a time span from 1948, the year this Southern writer started looking for a literary agent, until 1964 when the last letter she wrote was found on a bedside table shortly after her death.

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