Format: Presentation with Q&A
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About the Talk:
Her stories are known for their shocking violence and their seedy, white-trash atmospherics, but Flannery O’Connor led a most devout, well-regulated and conventional life on a Middle Georgia dairy farm. “Many of my ardent admirers would be roundly shocked and disturbed,” O’Connor wrote, “if they realized that everything I believe is thoroughly moral, thoroughly Catholic, and that it is these beliefs that give my work its chief characteristics.” In this talk, biographer Jonathan Rogers explores the paradoxes of Flannery O’Connor’s life and work, in which grace comes not like a gentle rain, but like a thunderstorm, destroying even as it illuminates.
About the Speaker:
Jonathan Rogers is an author and teacher living in Nashville. Besides four novels, he has also published books on C.S. Lewis and St. Patrick as well as a “spiritual biography” of Flannery O’Connor titled The Terrible Speed of Mercy.