Milledgeville, GA: 5 July 1959-14 December 1963.
4 pp. total, autograph letter on Air Mail paper with integral address panel. 4to (approx. 11 x 8-1/2 and smaller). On Wise Blood, Faulkner and Peacocks. Very good. Item #310753
A collection of four letters from Flannery O'Connor to the Scandanavian-American artist Clifford Wright (1919-1999). O'Connor met Wright at the Yaddo artists colony in 1948 where she was working on her first novel, Wise Blood, and he was serving as assistant to the director. Wright later settled in Denmark with his wife, the Danish author Elsa Gress. At the time of this correspondence, Wright was living in Åsø, where he and Gress ran an artists' retreat, Decenter.
A wide-ranging and humorous correspondence, which touches on Wise Blood, Faulkner, Marianne Moore, Kierkegaard, painting, and peacocks.
Some excerpts: "I have just had some experience with a translator myself who brought down the translation he had made of Wise Blood (into French) for me to look at.… All his talk was very interesting about his problems translating it. He also translates Faulkner but he said Faulkner's rhythms fit much better into French than mine did. The more concise the harder to put into French he said; and I would have thought it would be the opposite." [Wise Blood was translated as La Sagesse dans le Sang by M. E. Coindreau in 1959.]
"The thing to do is when you get them [peacocks], keep them penned up for about ten days, then let them out about dark on the tenth day at the place where you want them to roost. Then they will come back there every night to roost. I dare say they would visit your neighbors medows. We don't have any particular shelter for ours but there are a lot of out buildings and they ike to go in the garage and barn and stall and they even sit on the front porch of our negroes' house."
"I have just painted me a picture in the best Eisenhower tradition and now I am painting the frame, which I am much better at."
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