May 22, 2014 - Sale 2351

Sale 2351 - Lot 215

Price Realized: $ 12,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 6,000 - $ 9,000
"THE DEVIL SUPPLIES THE MATERIAL AND THE CHURCH SUPPLIES THE ATTITUDE" O'CONNOR, FLANNERY. Group of 11 items Signed, "Flannery," "M. Flannery," or "Mary Flannery": 7 Typed Letters and 4 Christmas Cards, each to her Georgia State College for Women teacher and friend George H. Haslam, on literary, religious, and personal topics. Together 11 pages, 4to or 16mo card. With the original envelopes. Milledgeville, GA, 1952-59

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12 October 1952: "Thank you for sending me the review. It's always good to see a pleasant one and also my mother has taken to collecting them when they are not frightening. Some have been very frightening. . . ."
16 June 1955: ". . . My mother still collects [reviews] though I think just for the paper now. They don't scare her anymore but they sure do scare me. I used to think I was a mighty harmless girl but now I'm always afraid I'll find myself trying to steal somebodies wooden leg or something. I tell myself anyhow that the tension in these stories comes from the fact that the devil supplies the material and the Church supplies the attitude toward it. . . ."
26 July 1955: ". . . The Papists completely routed the Church of England not oncet but twict! I haven't heard if there were any black players on the field but I presume there were not or two games would not have been played. . . ."
5 August 1955: ". . . [T]hanks for keeping up the good work at the bookstores. Tell them I'm gaining on sales over Thomas Merton every minute. . . ."
2 March 1957: "Well I have seen the production and I thought it was slop of third water. I aver that everybody connected in any way with it, except me, had a stinking pole cat for both mother and father.
"It was well received here in the Bird Sanctuary and everybody thinks that I have now arrived. . . ."
15 November 1958: "I am thinking of going in the cut-rate peafowl dinner business--about $135 a plate without the atmosphere. A special rate for friends and relatives of $110 a plate. . . .
"I am reading the Henry Miller with great enjoyment. I didn't know he was actually this good a writer. . . ."
27 February 1959: ". . . I am adjusting myself to spending Mr. Ford's money [Ford Foundation Grant]. It is expected to last me two years but it will last me a great many more as I am not accustomed to living like a Ford. . . ."