The Habit of Being Letters of Flannery O'Connor

Flannery O'Connor; Selected and Edited by Sally Fitzgerald

Farrar, Straus and Giroux



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640 Pages



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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


Praise for The Habit of Being

"Correspondence that gleams with consciousness . . . To compare her with the great letter writers of our time may seem presumptuous and would have elicited from her one of her famous steely glances, but Byron, Keats, Lawrence, Wilde, and Joyce come irresistibly to mind."—Richard Gilman, The New York Times Book Review (front-page review)

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