Sunday, March 25, 2012

Happy Birthday Flannery O'Connor!

Flannery O'Connor was born on March 25, 1925 in Savannah, GA. 

Flannery O'Connor (March 25, 1925 – August 3, 1964)

(photograph © Joe McTyre/Atlanta Constitution. source: Conversations with Flannery O'Connor, edited by Rosemary M. Magee, published by University Press of Mississippi, Jackson, ©1987)


excerpt from the short story Greenleaf:

“In a few minutes something emerged from the tree line, a black heavy shadow that tossed its head several times and then bounded forward. After a second she saw it was the bull. He was crossing the pasture toward her at a slow gallop, a gay almost rocking gait as if he were overjoyed to find her again. She looked beyond him to see if Mr. Greenleaf was coming out of the woods too but he was not. "Here his is, Mr. Greenleaf!" she called and looked on the other side of the pasture to see if he could be coming out there but he was not in sight. She looked back and saw that the bull, his head lowered, was racing toward her. She remained perfectly still, not in fright, but in a freezing unbelief. She stared at the violent black streak bounding toward her as if she had no sense of distance, as if she could not decide at once what his intention was, and the bull had buried his head in her lap, like a wild tormented lover, before her expression changed. One of his horns sank until it pierced her heart and the other curved around her side and held her in an unbreakable grip. She continued to stare straight ahead but the entire scene in front of her had changed - the tree line was a dark wound in a world that was nothing but sky - and she had the look of a person whose sight has been suddenly restored but who finds the light unbearable.” - Flannery O'Connor

(source for quote: Flannery O'Connor: The Complete Stories, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, NY ©1971)

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