Mar 23, 2018

Sacred Cows: the underrated dark wit of Flannery O’Connor

Has O'Connor's debut novel been historically overlooked in favour of the Southern Gothics of McCarthy, Capote and Faulkner?

David Latham

Freelance writer

Sacred Cows is a new series dedicated to overrated cultural artefacts and the more deserving ones we’ve lost sight of in their shadows. Each installment will pose an argument for one or the other, re-evaluating the worth of a text and the praise it has (or hasn’t) received.

This week, David Latham makes the case for Flannery O'Connor's 1952 novel Wise Blood.

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One thought on “Sacred Cows: the underrated dark wit of Flannery O’Connor

  1. AR

    I’ve recently whinged about filler … err, filling Crikey.
    This was a fine piece of reading.
    Well written, enthralling & intriguing.
    BTW, I also abjure & withdraw my earlier comments about the recent tek-glitch with the submit button, apparently on all formats.
    In the past, many commenters have rued Crikey not having an “edit” option when a typo, or some unfortunate infelicitude, have slipped into ones otherwise magnificently lucid, world enlightening compositions.
    It is extremely handy, not to say “so embarrassment” saving, in this modern daze of dashing off apercus before a champagne breakfast but, nyah, serves us right.
    However, I have found since this tweek was introduced that it has saved me several too many opportunities to correct a slab of verbiage.
    So, well done. OK? Sorry.
    And, thanks again for this erudite review of an author of whom I was unaware – my local library has her short stories and a DVD of John Huston’s adaptation.

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