“The Habit of Being” is a collection of Flannery O’Connor’s letters, curated and edited by Sally Fitzgerald. This compilation offers readers a unique and intimate glimpse into the life and mind of one of America’s most celebrated and enigmatic writers.
Flannery O’Connor, known for her distinctive Southern Gothic style, wrote these letters over a span of twenty years, addressing a wide range of topics, including her personal life, her struggles with illness, her literary influences, and her deep-rooted Catholic faith. These letters reveal O’Connor’s sharp wit, humor, and keen insights into human nature.
Sally Fitzgerald, a close friend of O’Connor’s, provides context and commentary throughout the collection, offering valuable insights into the letters and O’Connor’s life. Together, the letters and Fitzgerald’s commentary provide readers with a comprehensive portrait of the author as both a writer and a person.
“The Habit of Being” is a treasure trove for fans of Flannery O’Connor’s work and for anyone interested in the craft of writing. It offers a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process and the challenges O’Connor faced as a writer in the American South during the mid-20th century.
This collection is not only a valuable literary resource but also a testament to O’Connor’s enduring influence on American literature and her ability to engage readers with her distinctive voice and uncompromising exploration of moral and spiritual themes.