When Flannery died at age 39, Thomas Merton was not exaggerating his estimate of her worth when he said he would not compare her with such good writers like Katherine Anne Porter, Hemingway and Sartre, but rather with “someone like Sophocles… . I write her name with honor, for all the truth and all the craft with which she shows man’s fall and his dishonor.”
- Robert Giroux, Flannery O’Connor’s, remembers genius. Click here to read the full piece on PEN.org.
“Everywhere I go, I’m asked if I think the universities stifle writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them. There’s many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.“ -Flannery O’Connor