A Literary Guide to Flannery O'Connor's Georgia

Sarah Gordon

Photographs by Marcelina Martin and Joe McTyre

Title Details

Pages: 136

Illustrations: 65 color photos, 26 b&w photos

Trim size: 8.500in x 8.000in



Pub Date: 04/25/2008

ISBN: 9-780-8203-2763-1

List Price: $22.95

A Literary Guide to Flannery O'Connor's Georgia

Sarah Gordon

Photographs by Marcelina Martin and Joe McTyre

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Flannery O’Connor spent most of her life in Georgia. Most of O’Connor’s fiction is also set in the state, in locales rich in symbolism and the ambience of southern rural and small-town life. Filled with contemporary and historical photos, this guide introduces O’Connor’s readers to the places where the great writer lived and worked—places whose features and details sometimes found their way into her fiction.

The guide describes such places as O’Connor’s childhood home in Savannah; the Governor’s Mansion, Cline House, and Central State Hospital in Milledgeville; and the family farm, Andalusia. Numerous facts about O’Connor and the people closest to her are woven into the site descriptions, as are critical observations about her Catholicism, her acute sense of character and place, and her fierce sense of humor.

Features include:More than fifty full-color contemporary photographs and numerous black-and-white historical imagesAn overview and chronology of O’Connor’s life and legacyMaps to sites in Savannah, Milledgeville, and the house and grounds at AndalusiaDiscussions of O’Connor’s life and writingsListing of O’Connor’s works and suggestions for further reading

All author royalties from sales of the guide will be donated to the Flannery O’Connor-Andalusia Foundation.

One must be grateful to Sarah Gordon—one of America's leading O'Connor scholars—for her A Literary Guide to Flannery O'Connor's Georgia. Her study is comprehensive, constituting an in­depth exploration of the Georgia places that were central in O'Connor's life. The book provides an intimate view of O'Connor's world and a superb introduction for anyone unfamiliar with the author's work.

Georgia Review

Ralph Marquez

About the Author/Editor

SARAH GORDON is a professor emerita of English at Georgia College and State University. She was for many years the chair of her university’s internationally renowned symposia on O’Connor. In addition she was the editor of the Flannery O’Connor Bulletin and the founding editor of the Flannery O’Connor Review. Her books include Flannery O’Connor: The Obedient Imagination and Flannery O’Connor: In Celebration of Genius.