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Flannery O'Connor: Spiritual Writings (Modern Spiritual Masters Series.) [Paperback]

By Robert Ellsberg (Editor), Richard Giannone (Introduction by) & Flannery O'Connor (Author)
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Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964) is widely regarded as one of the great American writers of the twentieth century. Only in 1979, however, with the publication of her collected letters, could the public fully see the depth of her personal faith and her wisdom as a spiritual guide. Drawing from all her work this anthology highlights as never before O'Connor's distinctive voice as a spiritual writer, covering such topics as Christian Realism, the Church, the relation between faith and art, sin and grace, and the role of suffering in the life of a Christian.

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Draws on all of O'Connor's works to reveal the unique spiritual legacy of one of America's most significant modern writers. Includes the complete text of her classic story, "Revelation."

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Flannery O'Connor: Spiritual Writings (Modern Spiritual Masters Series.) by Robert Ellsberg, Richard Giannone & Flannery O'Connor has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Library Journal - 05/01/2003 page 123
  • New York Review of Books - 04/09/2009 page 12

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Studio: Orbis Books
Pages   173
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.22" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.51"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 31, 2003
Publisher   Orbis Books
Edition  New  
Series  Modern Spiritual Masters  
ISBN  1570754705  
ISBN13  9781570754708  

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More About Robert Ellsberg, Richard Giannone & Flannery O'Connor

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Robert Ellsberg, a native of Los Angeles, became a Catholic in 1980 while a member of the Catholic Worker community in lower Manhattan. After studying theology at Harvard Divinity School he became Editor in Chief of Orbis Books, the publishing arm of Maryknoll. Married with three children, he lives in Ossining, New York. His other books include All Saints and Blessed Among All Women.

Robert Ellsberg currently resides in Ossining, in the state of New York. Robert Ellsberg was born in 1955.

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A wonderful collection  Jan 21, 2007
While O'Connor fans may be able to locate much of this material elsewhere, it's wonderful to have her thoughts on spiritual matters collected and arranged as they are in this book. Giannone's introduction is good reading, too.
A Treasure Trove of Flannery  Feb 24, 2004
Robert Ellsberg has come through again. He provides us with a marvelous review of the spiritual writings of Flannery O'Connor, most famous for her short stories but neglected, up until now, for her deep analyses of the Catholic faith and salvation.

Ellsberg selects the best from the voluminous collection of her letters, "The Habit of Being," and arranges them for accessibility and understanding in sections entitled "Christian Realism," "Mother and Teacher," "Revelation," "A Reason to Write," and "The Province of Joy."

Flannery didn't want to be a voice crying in the wilderness. She wanted to reach an unbelieving audience even though she bridled at being called a "Catholic writer." She preferred to be called "a Christian realist" and said that "one of the awful things about writing when you are a Christian is that for you the ultimate reality is the Incarnation, and nobody believes in the Incarnation, that is, nobody in your audience." Flannery wanted her audience to be broad and for that she strove to become the best story teller possible, beginning with her stint at the Iowa Writers Workshop. She went on to become required reading in college English courses. There are PhD theses galore now on this most excellent of American writers.

Although she died just as the Second Vatican Council was beginning, she was awesomely prescient in her observations on the Church, including its warts: "We sometimes have to suffer more from the Church than we do for it."

This is spiritual reading, yes, but it is also an inside look at a great artist.

I'm not doing justice to this book, nor to Flannery O'Connor herself. You will just have to see for yourself, which is all Flannery ever asked us to do.


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