Flannery O’Connor Reads “A Good Man Is Hard to Find”

The fine gents over at Brandywine Books (the first blog I ever read) have revealed (to me) the existence of an audio recording of Flannery O’Connor reading A Good Man is Hard to Find at Vanderbilt University in 1959. Thanks, Phil.

I have mixed feelings about O’Connor. I appreciate her work on many levels and yet I am not –to my surprise, given the wide agreement I share with her many admirers– very much taken with her work. I have guessed that it is a matter of seasons of life. In another season, I shall likely find her a treasure. This kind of thing happens.

But, if you are, or are not, captivated by the spell of this Southern treasure, you may enjoy this fascinating recording. I really enjoyed it.

I am sure I shall finally and fully be convinced of O’Connor’s brilliance when I read this upcoming book by my friend and fellow pants-wearer, Jonathan Rogers.

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