To read Flannery O’Connor’s fiction is to be amused, provoked, and pushed to reconsider ourselves and our place in the world. A Roman Catholic and a native of Georgia, O’Connor created stories that inimitably blend humour, horror, and the mysteries of faith. While her writing is richly specific, evoking the dusty back roads and quirky characters of the American South, it deals powerfully with universal questions: What does it mean to be good? How should we live? What is the meaning of death? How can the divine penetrate the everyday world? In her relatively short lifetime (1925-1964), O’Connor created a powerful body of work, including two novels and a number of short stories and nonfiction pieces.

Our base will be Savannah, O’Connor’s birthplace and childhood home. Here we will hold our discussions, visit the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home Foundation and explore this beautiful antebellum city’s striking architecture laid out around twenty‐four squares. We will travel by private coach to Milledgeville to visit Andalusia, the O’Connor family farm. We will also visit O’Connor’s grave and the church where she worshipped in Milledgeville.

This will be our fifth Flannery O’Connor trip.

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The writer operates at a peculiar crossroads where time and place and eternity somehow meet. His problem is to find that location.

– Flannery O’Connor


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Savannah, Georgia

April 12–16, 2015 (4 nights)

Selected stories, essays and letters of Flannery O'Connor

The Marshall House

Rosemary Gould lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she leads literature discussions for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. She has led popular poetry sessions at Toronto Pursuits and historical Travel Pursuits trips to Charlottesville and to Richmond. She knows of no writer as bewildering and yet accessible as Flannery O'Connor, whose stories make the most painful and grotesque moments in human life beautiful almost beyond belief.

US$1895 per person based on double occupancy (approximate)
Single supplement: Please inquire
Taxes and gratuities (per person): US$75

Fee includes readings, accommodation, two meals a day, discussions, ground transportation, walking tours, talks, excursions, and admissions.

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