A Life of Flannery O’Connor
Little, Brown, $30, 464 pp.
At the beginning of her novel The Violent Bear It Away, Flannery O’Connor describes a wild backwoods prophet, Old Tarwater, reading an article about himself written by his nephew, Rayber. A schoolteacher with a penchant for progressive ideas, Rayber has published a quasi-Freudian journal article arguing that his uncle has undergone a process of self-redemption. “His...
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