By Flannery O'Connor
"I wish to write a stunning prayer," writes the younger Flannery O'Connor during this deeply religious magazine, lately came across between her papers in Georgia. "There is a complete good international round me that I can be capable of flip in your praise." Written among 1946 and 1947 whereas O'Connor used to be a scholar faraway from domestic on the college of Iowa, A Prayer magazine is a unprecedented portal into the internal lifetime of the good author. not just does it map O'Connor's singular courting with the divine, however it indicates how entwined her literary wish used to be along with her craving for God. "I needs to write down that i'm to be an artist. no longer within the experience of aesthetic frippery yet within the experience of aesthetic craftsmanship; in a different way i'm going to consider my loneliness constantly . . . i don't are looking to be lonely all my existence yet humans basically make us lonelier through reminding us of God. pricey God please aid me to be an artist, please enable it bring about You."
O'Connor couldn't be extra simple approximately her literary ambition: "Please support me pricey God to be a great author and to get anything 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 tool to your story."
As W. A. periods, who knew O'Connor, writes in his advent, it was once no twist of fate that she begun writing the tales that may turn into her first novel, Wise Blood, throughout the years whilst she wrote those singularly resourceful Christian meditations. together with a facsimile of the total magazine in O'Connor's personal hand, A Prayer Journal is the checklist of an excellent younger woman's coming-of-age, a cry from the center for romance, grace, and art.
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1st [edition]. pages cm ISBN 978-0-374-23691-5 1. Catholic Church—Prayers and devotions. 2. non secular journals. three. O’Connor, Flannery—Religion. I. periods, William A. , editor of compilation. II. identify. BX2182. three . O35 2013 282. 092—dc23 2013021681 www. fsgbooks. com www. twitter. com/fsgbooks • www. fb.