The Added Dimension: The Art and Mind of Flannery O'Connor

The Added Dimension: The Art and Mind of Flannery O'Connor

The Added Dimension: The Art and Mind of Flannery O'Connor

The Added Dimension: The Art and Mind of Flannery O'Connor

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Gore Vidal recalled to us, several years ago, with some nostalgia the period when Carson McCullers "was the young writer." Reviewing Clock Without Hands for the September 28, 1961 Reporter, Mr.Vidal seemed to feel that something very special was lost during the twenty-one years which separated The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter from Carson McCullers' last novel.

She was an American legend from the beginning, which is to say that her fame was as much a creation of publicity as of talent.The publicity was the work of those fashion magazines where a dish of black-eyed peas can be made to seem the roe of some rare fish, photographed by Avedon; yet McCullers' dreaming androgynous face, looking out at us from glossy pages, in its ikon elegance subtly confounded the chic of the lingerie ads all about her.

Unlike too many other "legends," her talent was as real as her face. . . . Her prose was chaste and severe and realistic in its working out of narrative.

This could have been written with similar appropriateness about Flannery O'Connor before her untimely death on August 3, 1964. In a certain sense Flannery O'Connor had re-

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