“The Electric Give and Take”

oconnor loa“[Caroline Gordon’s] letters to O’Connor, which cover 13 years from 1951 to O’Connor’s death in 1964, are the most detailed literary critiques I have ever read, covering everything from naming characters, to proper viewpoint, particularly as she guided O’Connor through the writing of her first novel, Wise Blood. She was a hard taskmaster and would not let anything slide, and one of the amazing things about this book of letters between two southern literary geniuses is watching the almost electric give and take between them. I do hope the Library of America will get around to publishing Gordon’s work.”  —Bob Holladay, Florida Bookman, Tallahasee Democrat 1 March 2019

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