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How Flannery O'Connor's Early Cartoons Influenced Her Later Writing

How Flannery O'Connor's Early Cartoons Influenced Her Later Writing | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it
The forgotten visual output of the master of Southern Gothic fiction—and one of the country’s greatest writers of short stories—is being collected for the first time in a new volume from Fantagraphics, Flannery O’Connor: The Cartoons, edited by...
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The Comics Journal Review: Flannery O’Connor: The Cartoons

The Comics Journal Review: Flannery O’Connor: The Cartoons | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it
Despite her short-changed life and less-than-20-year career, O’Connor became one of the great American writers of the 20th century. Her two novels and 31 short stories mingled piercing wit and jarring violence through an impassioned, bracing intelligence to achieve pure and original literature. She added to the citizenry of the Southern Gothic, primarily populated by Faulkner and Caldwell, a sui generis cadre of the goofy, the haunted, the sadistic, and the divine. She rendered the blackest of comedies before anyone who had not sipped espresso with Andre Breton had heard the term. While neither madman nor murderer, teenage seductress or backwoods boob, she indelibly achieved them all. If you have not read her novel Wise Blood or story “A Good Man is Hard to Find” or essay “The Fiction Writer & His Country”, do so now. I will be here when you return.

 

I have read all O’Connor’s fiction, her collected letters, and a volume of her assorted prose; but I had not known she drew until I encountered the Fantagraphics collection, Flannery O’Connor: The Cartoons.

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