Books: Dust for Art's Sake

MYSTERY AND MANNERS by Flannery O'Connor. Occasional prose, selected and edited by Sally and Robert Fitzgerald. 237 pages. Farrar, Straus & G/Voux. $6.95.

The fiction of the late Flannery O'Connor is distinguished by an uncommon and otherworldly density. The inhabitants of her Southern creative country are grotesques who are viewed as through a Catholic prism darkly. Larger than life, her creations are yet pervaded by an air of death; their clear and dramatic actions nevertheless seem metaphysically resonant, touched by overtones of primitive brooding. Flannery O'Connor's achievement is all the more remarkable—not to...

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