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Walking Backward: The Life of Flannery O'Connor
27 Jul 2009 4:00 pm
27 Jul 2009 6:00 pm

Darkly funny, quirky, devoutly Catholic and immensely gifted, Flannery O’Connor had published only three books when she died at age 39 of complications of lupus in 1964. Yet her novels and stories - fierce, tart and comic - are so mysteriously powerful, that O’Connor can be counted as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century.

Brad Gooch has written the first major, long overdue biography of the great southern writer. He follows O’Connor from her insular childhood in Savannah, Georgia; to graduate school at the fledgling Iowa Writer’s Workshop; to Yaddo, the artists’ colony in Saratoga Springs, New York, where lifelong and influential friendships were formed; and, finally, back to Andalusia, the family dairy farm in Milledgeville, Georgia. Join us to hear the remarkable story of this unique, brave and brilliant writer.

Brad Gooch is a professor of English at William Paterson University. He is the author of “Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor”. His previous books include the acclaimed biography “City Poet: The Life of Frank O’Hara”, “Godtalk: Travels in Spiritual America” and several novels, a collection of stories, a collection of poems, and two memoirs. A Guggenheim fellow in Biography, he also received a National Endowment of the Humanities fellowship, and a Furthermore grant in Publishing from the J.M. Kaplan Fund.

The lecture takes place on Monday, July 27th at 4:00 pm in The Mount’s air-conditioned historic stable and will be followed by a book-signing and tea.

The Mount is located at 2 Plunkett Street (just off route 7) in Lenox. Tickets are $18 in advance (by noon), $20 at the door. Students with valid ID receive a $5 discount. To purchase tickets, or for more information, please call The Mount at 413-551-5111 or visit www.edithwharton.org.

The Mount, The Edith Wharton Center, 2 Plunkett Street Lenox, Massachusetts