Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Was Flannery O'Conner a CIA Spook?

No, the great Catholic Southern Gothic writer was not named among those of the Iowa Writers' Workshop who "[w]ith CIA help... were enlisted to battle both Communism and eggheaded abstraction," and who "drank, philandered, and enriched themselves" — How Iowa Flattened Literature.

In fact, she felt very uncomfortable with the CIA-sponsored philandering that took place there, we learn in The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O'Connor.

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