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Happy Birthday Flannery!

Because we managed to utterly ignore St. Patrick’s Day, it’s no surprise that Flannery O’Connor’s birthday almost passed without a mention here. But Flannery is surely the outstanding literary and philosophical figure in the history of the South, surpassing even Faulkner on the level of insight and at least his rival on the level of artistry. Walker Percy, great as he was, made it clear that he didn’t think of himself as in her league. She’s the most impressive example of homegrown American Thomism, a part of our intellectual history that we’ve neglected at NLT.

Discussions - 2 Comments

Yes, more Flannery! She has become my favorite American writer.

And after struggling through Percy’s Love in the Ruins last week, I’d have o agree with him.

Peter - Your post makes me want to go back and read more FO’C.

I have been carrying around your intriguing phrase "American Thomism." I keep thinking of phrases like "American physics" or "American mathematics." What do you mean by "American Thomism"? What makes it American?

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