Flannery O’Conner


We will be reading the short stories of Flannery O’conner this month. We will all read the story “Good Country People,” then select a few other short stories to read and share your thoughts about. Thanks to Debra for the delicious home-made peach pie at our John Updike meeting.

We also decided we would begin reading Robert Pinsky’s translation of Dante’s Inferno. We’ll take this one slowly and discuss it in December or January. Last year Pinsky did a reading here at BYU and read from his translation of The Inferno. It was really powerful. Here is a link to the book:


and a short write up on it from Amazon:

This widely praised version of Dante’s masterpiece, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award of the Academy of American Poets, is more idiomatic and approachable than its many predecessors. Former U.S. Poet Laureate Pinsky employs slant rhyme and near rhyme to preserve Dante’s terza rima form without distorting the flow of English idiom. The result is a clear and vigorous translation that is also unique, student-friendly, and faithful to the original: “A brilliant success,” as Bernard Knox wrote in The New York Review of Books.

We will meet next on Tuesday evening, October 13, at 8:30 pm.

Here is a short bio of Flannery O’Conner from Amazon.

Flannery O’Connor was born in Savannah, Georgia in 1925, the only child of Catholic parents. In 1945 she enrolled at the Georgia State College for Women. After earning her degree she continued her studies on the University of Iowa’s writing program, and her first published story, ‘The Geranium’, was written while she was still a student. Her writing is best-known for its explorations of religious themes and southern racial issues, and for combining the comic with the tragic. After university, she moved to New York where she continued to write. In 1952 she learned that she was dying of lupus, a disease which had afflicted her father. For the rest of her life, she and her mother lived on the family dairy farm, Andalusia, outside Millidgeville, Georgia. For pleasure she raised peacocks, pheasants, swans, geese, chickens and Muscovy ducks. She was a good amateur painter. She died in the summer of 1964.

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