Papers, 1948-1991 and n.d.


Papers, 1948-1991 and n.d.

The majority of the collection (116 items, dated 1948-1987) comprises correspondence with and other documents about Flannery O'Connor and her friend Father James "Hooty" McCown, S.J. Topics include Flannery O'Connor's writing and literary speaking engagements; Catholicism and her religious beliefs; her family life and personal health; her pets and hobbies; the social life and customs of the Southeastern U.S.; and the visits of the Gossetts and others to "Andalusia," the O'Connor family farm in Milledgeville, Ga. Includes 21 color photographs taken by Louise Gossett on two separate visits to Andalusia (in 1957 and 1958), several documenting a visit by Katherine Anne Porter. There are also audiocassettes containing O'Connor's address "Some Aspects of the Grotesque in Southern Literature." After O'Connor's death in August 1964, the Gossetts maintained a minimal correspondence with Mrs. Regina O'Connor, Flannery's mother, until 1973. They maintained a more substantial correspondence with Father McCown into the 1980s. Some of this correspondence concerns Mrs. O'Connor's actions after Flannery's death, the nature of the relationship between mother and daughter, and the unwillingness of Mrs. O'Connor to allow publication of her late daughter's letters. The majority of these letters, however, describe McCown's activities as a Jesuit priest and leader, including his leadership in various Jesuit institutions and churches, his organization of charitable and educational events for under-privileged children, and his missions in various parts of the Southwestern U.S. and Central America. The collection includes minimal correspondence with other American writers and intellectuals, including William Styron, Katherine Anne Porter, Mark Harris, Stark Young, John Breslin, and Charles Brady. There is a paper written by one of Thomas Gossett's students about William Styron, with handwritten comments and a letter to the student by Styron. In a thank you note to Louise Gossett, Katherine Anne Porter included brief comments on her own writing, as well as a discussion of San Antonio, Tex., where Porter lived in her childhood. Mark Harris wrote two letters to Thomas Gossett, one on his personal resume, thanking Gossett for his support and encouragement of his writing, and including one of Harris's poems.

216 items.

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