The letters of Flannery O’Connor and Betty Hester

Emory University held a Flannery O’Connor celebration this week. The highlight was the first public exhibition of the nearly 300 letters between Flannery O’Connor and Betty Hester, which had been under seal for the past 20 years. Brenda Bynum gave a dramatic reading of O’Connor’s letters. I was late for it, unfortunately, but what I saw was fantastic. In addition, lots of good material from her life is on display at Woodruff Library. Letters, notes, photographs, and things like her complaints about the cover chosen for A Good Man Is Hard to Find. I love it when schools do things well.
Bonus: Georgia Public Broadcasting had a show about O’Connor in August. And earlier this year NPR talked with Steve Enniss, the director of the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, about the O’Connor–Hester relationship.

One thought on “The letters of Flannery O’Connor and Betty Hester

  1. Published are the letters of F.O’Connor to Betty Hester.Are the letters of B.Hester to F.O’Connor published/available? Where they part of O’Connors’estate;she respected Hester’s privacy (as I may not be doing at the moment)?

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