New PDF release: Peculiar Crossroads: Flannery O'Connor, Walker Percy, and

By Farrell O'Gorman, Fred Hobson

Author note: Fred Hobson (Editor)
Publish yr note: First released in 2004
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An impeccable workout in literary heritage and feedback, Peculiar Crossroads renders a real figuring out of the Catholic sensibility of Flannery O'Connor and Walker Percy and their effect between modern southern writers. Farrell O'Gorman explains that the unconventional religiosity of O'Connor and Percy's imaginative and prescient is exactly what made them so precious as either southern fiction writers and social critics.

Via their religious and philosophical issues, O'Gorman asserts, those unabashedly Catholic authors bequeathed to even their so much unorthodox successors a postmodern South of buying shops and interstates imbued with as a lot that means as Appomattox or Yoknapatawpha.

O'Gorman builds his argument with biographical, old, literary, and theological facts, analyzing the 2 writers paintings via interesting pairings - reminiscent of O'Connor's clever Blood with Percy's The Moviegoer, and O'Connor's a great guy is tough to discover with Percy's Lancelot. He considers the impression exerted on their idea by way of the mid-century transatlantic Catholic Revival and through their relationships with southern modernists Caroline Gordon and Allen Tate. eventually, Percy and O'Connor embraced a Christian

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And both families passed down, for better and for worse, a deeply felt concern with the importance of traditional southern manners and mores—an ethos Percy and O’Connor would both frequently satirize as insufficient and obsolete, though only in calling for a return to its “real basis of charity and necessity,” the Christian source from which it supposedly sprang (MM, 234). It would be difficult to invent a family more bound up with southern history than the Percys. Bertram Wyatt-Brown has noted: “throughout the generations, the Percys helped to create the Deep South—not just as slaveholding frontiersmen but as agents of change in the post–Civil War years.

In March 1938 he accepted a position as a zone real estate appraiser for the Federal Housing Authority and moved the family to Atlanta. The transition was a jarring one for Flannery and her mother, who after six months left the city to live in the sprawling Cline house in Milledgeville. There Flannery began school for the fall term while her father worked in Atlanta, living in a boarding house and traveling home on the weekends. He did so until 1940, when his deteriorating health compelled him to resign from the FHA and be taken in by his wife’s family.

36. , 17. 37. See Jean Cash, “Flannery O’Connor as Lecturer: ‘. . a secret Desire to Rival Charles Dickens,’ ” Flannery O’Connor Bulletin (1987): 1–15. 32 | peculiar crossroads .......................... 10935$ $CH1 08-18-04 08:25:16 PS PAGE 32 ment to support his family. In March 1938 he accepted a position as a zone real estate appraiser for the Federal Housing Authority and moved the family to Atlanta. The transition was a jarring one for Flannery and her mother, who after six months left the city to live in the sprawling Cline house in Milledgeville.

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