A Prayer Journal

Flannery O'Connor


"I want to write a stunning prayer," writes the younger Flannery O'Connor during this deeply non secular magazine, lately found between her papers in Georgia. "There is an entire good international round me that I may be capable of flip in your praise." Written among 1946 and 1947 whereas O'Connor was once a pupil faraway from domestic on the collage of Iowa, A Prayer magazine is a unprecedented portal into the inner lifetime of the nice author. not just does it map O'Connor's singular courting with the divine, however it indicates how entwined her literary hope used to be together with her longing for God. "I needs to write down that i'm to be an artist. now not within the feel of aesthetic frippery yet within the experience of aesthetic craftsmanship; another way i'm going to believe my loneliness continuously . . . i don't are looking to be lonely all my lifestyles yet humans simply make us lonelier via reminding us of God. pricey God please aid me to be an artist, please permit it result in You."

O'Connor couldn't be extra undeniable approximately her literary ambition: "Please support me expensive God to be an exceptional author and to get whatever else accepted," she writes. but she struggles with any hint of self-regard: "Don't enable me ever imagine, expensive God, that i used to be whatever however the software on your story."

As W. A. classes, who knew O'Connor, writes in his advent, it used to be no accident that she started writing the tales that might turn into her first novel, Wise Blood, in the course of the years whilst she wrote those singularly inventive Christian meditations. together with a facsimile of the complete magazine in O'Connor's personal hand, A Prayer Journal is the list of an excellent younger woman's coming-of-age, a cry from the center for romance, grace, and art.

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