The Gordon Method

As I've read Caroline Gordon's letters and essays and lectures, I've collected what I call my "Gordon Method" textbook: her best, most timeless advice to writers. Here's a sample of one of my favorites, sent to Flannery O'Connor in November, 1951, while O'Connor was revising her first novel, Wise Blood.  Gordon writes to O'Connor: "I… Continue reading The Gordon Method

Caroline Gordon’s Advice to a Young Flannery O’Connor: November 13, 1951

"[H]is eyes were what held her attention longest. Their settings were so deep that they seemed, to her, almost like passages leading somewhere and she leaned halfway across the space that separated the two seats, trying to see into them."—Flannery O’Connor, Wise Blood You begin and end the book with his eyes. This is one of those places that mustn’t… Continue reading Caroline Gordon’s Advice to a Young Flannery O’Connor: November 13, 1951

Flannery O’Connor Review reviews The Letters of Flannery & Caroline

Grateful to Flannery O'Connor Review (and Sophia Stid) for such a generous review of The Letters of Flannery O'Connor and Caroline Gordon. The most recent issue also features an interview with Christine Flanagan by Jessica McQuain; McQuain processed Flanagan's papers, which were donated to the Flannery O'Connor Collection at Georgia College, Special Collections at the… Continue reading Flannery O’Connor Review reviews The Letters of Flannery & Caroline

the figure at the window

On one occasion, Caroline Gordon sent Flannery O’Connor an essay she’d been writing on Henry James titled “The Figure at the Window on the Carpet.” O’Connor wrote to Gordon [12 May 1952], “I am certainly indebted to you for letting me see this piece and I think it ought to be a book. If Catholic… Continue reading the figure at the window

“Kindest Regards” [?!] from Evelyn Waugh

O'Connor, writing to Gordon after the publication of Wise Blood: “I’m sorry you won’t be able to review the book but I am glad to have the comment [Gordon's quote] on the jacket, where it will give pause. I thought you would be interested in [Evelyn] Waugh’s comment which was as follows: ‘You want a… Continue reading “Kindest Regards” [?!] from Evelyn Waugh