Books: God-Intoxicated Hillbillies

THE VIOLENT BEAR IT AWAY (243 pp.) —Flannery O'Connor—Farrar, Straus & Cudahy ($3.75).

Author Flannery O'Connor is a retiring, bookish spinster who dabbles in the variants of sin and salvation like some self-tutored backwoods theologian. She is an earnest Roman Catholic who raises geese and peacocks on the family farm near Milledgeville, Ga., which she rarely leaves; she suffers from lupus (a tuberculous disease of the skin and mucous membranes) that forces her to spend part of her life on crutches. Despite such relative immobility, Author O'Connor manages to visit remote and dreadful places of the human spirit. In Wise Blood (TIME,...

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