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Flannery O’Conner ETSC Speech Manuscript

 Collection — Box: Small Collections 3
Identifier: 2019.01

Scope and Contents

This collection contains one manuscript for a speech delivered by Flannery O'Conner for the Forum Arts Program at East Texas State College. The program was held on November 16, 1962 and her speech was titled “Some Aspects of the Grotesque in Southern Literature.”


  • 1962


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Items in this collection are protected by applicable copyright laws.

Biographical / Historical

American novelist and short story author Flannery O'Conner was born March 25, 1925 in Savanah, Georgia. Her works of fiction include "A Good Man is Hard to Find" and "Wise Blood." Her literature was written in the Southern Gothic style and featured grotesque themes and characters. O'Conner died August 3, 1964.

The Forum Arts program was established at East Texas State College in 1960. The Forum Arts program sought to bring the arts and culture to the forefront of students attention through entertainment such as concerts, dances, dramatic productions, and guest speakers. Many of the guests invited to perform or speak were from other states or countries. Over the years the university hosted groups such as the Preservation Hall Jazz Bamd, a Swiss mime group, Belgian lutists, a ballet company from Houston, and a Bulgarian dance company.


.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

Transferred by Dr. Bill Bolin to the archives on February 14, 2019.

Flannery O’Conner ETSC Speech Manuscript
Josephine Rickman
May 3, 2021
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives, Special Collections, Waters Library, Texas A&M University-Commerce Repository