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Brad Gooch is the author of the acclaimed biographies City Poet and Flannery: A Life of Flannery O'Connor, as well as other non-fiction and three novels. The recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities and Guggenheim Fellowships, he earned his PhD at Columbia University and is a mostrar mais professor of English at William Paterson University in New Jersey. mostrar menos

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Associated Works

Boys Like Us: Gay Writers Tell Their Coming Out Stories (1996) — Contribuinte — 395 cópias
Men on Men: Best New Gay Fiction (1986) — Contribuinte — 236 cópias
The Son of the Male Muse: New Gay Poetry (1983) — Contribuinte — 47 cópias
Something Inside: Conversations with Gay Fiction Writers (1999) — Contribuinte — 33 cópias


Conhecimento Comum

Nome padrão
Gooch, Brad
Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Kingston, Pennsylvania, USA
Locais de residência
Kingston, Pennsylvania, USA
New York, New York, USA
Columbia University
William Paterson University



I'm a huge Hall and Oates fan and I eagerly bought this when it came out. It's your standard "everything you want to know about" but it's extensively researched and well written. I still have this copy, in as bad a shape it is, I can't bring myself to let it go. And I may very well find myself re-reading it someday.
mktoronto | Jan 25, 2023 |
cstebbins | outras 15 resenhas | Dec 12, 2020 |
Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964) was a Southern Writer and lifelong devout Roman Catholic, both of which characteristics were food for her body of work - two novels and many short stories.

Flannery's creativity emerged early and was recognized at both graduate school at the Iowa Writer's Workshop at University of Iowa and at Yaddo, a writer's retreat in upstate NY. During this period she wrote what was to become her first novel, Wise Blood. Once she was established as a writer with a body of published work, she often gave lectures on writing fiction.

O'Connor had many supporters and detractors. Despite the misunderstood subject matter of her stories, often containing violence and cruelty, she remained true to her faith and morality, saying in one of her many presentations on writing "If the writer is as an artist, his moral judgment will coincide with his dramatic judgment. It will be inseparable from the very act of seeing." For Flannery morality meant conveying a vision. She spent hours editing her stories in order to convey that vision.

She kept up a lively correspondence with friends and colleagues. But also served as a mentor to aspiring writers, many of whom made the initial overture addressed to her simply at Milledgeville, GA, and only some of whom she met in person. To one, a student at the time but later a poet and critic, and who admitted to a crisis of faith, she wrote of "mystery," which had become an important theological concept for her: "Where you have absolute solutions ... you have no need of faith...Mystery isn't something that is gradually evaporating. It grows along with knowledge."

She was a contemporary of many southern writers, including William Faulkner, Carson McCullers and Katherine Porter, all of whom knew her and held her in high regard.

Diagnosed with lupus in 1951, she carried on most of her literary career with deteriorating health. Her life was cut short in 1964 at age 39. Some accolades at her death, regarding her writing, attest to the impact she made in that short life:

Thomas Merton: I write her name with all honor, for all the truth and all the craft with which she shows man's fall and his dishonor.

Robert Giroux, her publisher, spoke of her "clear vision" that "not only burns brighter than ever but it burns through the masks of what she called 'blind walls and low dodges of the heart' "

When asked why she wrote about freaks, she replied, displaying her considerable wit, "...because we are still able to recognize one."

Many articles and books have been written about her and her work. This is but one. It tells of her career, but also gives glimpses of her personal life: her immediate family and extended relations, her school days, and her love of birds, especially peacocks which she kept on her farm. A good overview and introduction to to an iconic writer.
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steller0707 | outras 15 resenhas | Aug 25, 2019 |
This is a wonderful wonderful book which deserves to be reread, and then read yet again, after learning Persian! But first I need to finish learning to read Turkish, and then go on to Arabic in order to properly appreciate the life of this great Sufi mystic, poet and teacher. I may just have to purchase the library's copy of this book or buy a new one and donate it to the library.
FourFreedoms | 1 outra resenha | May 17, 2019 |



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