It’s no secret Thomas Merton was a big fan of Flannery O’Connor. If the truth be told, he was a bigger admirer of her than she was of him. In any case, when she died in 1964 Merton wrote a touching “prose elegy” that was published in Jubilee in November of that year, and later in his book of essays, Raids on the Unspeakable.
In concluding his tribute, Merton says “When I read Flannery I don’t think of Hemingway, or Katherine Anne Porter, or Sartre, but rather of someone like Sophocles. What more can be said of a writer?
I write her name with honor, for all the truth and all the craft with which she shows man’s fall and his dishonor.” ... Read More