Community to enjoy one-woman-show on legendary American writer through MSU partnership

Contact: Pattye Archer

A poster promoting "Flannery O'Connor: In Her Own Words"

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Flannery O’Connor’s words come to life through a dramatic monologue drawn from her nonfiction prose during the one-woman show “Flannery O’Connor: In Her Own Words.” The Thursday [Sept. 14] show is written and presented by Beverly Fatherree.

Hosted in a partnership between Mississippi State University Libraries and the Southern Literary Trail, and made possible by the Mississippi Humanities Council, the free, public show will take place at 4 p.m. at the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum.

Sarah McCullough, cultural development and outreach coordinator for MSU Libraries, said this special presentation “incorporates O’Connor’s opinions on a variety of subjects, including writing, other writers, religion and peacocks.” She said the program being held at the local museum is part of the partnership’s effort to make it more accessible for community members.

O’Connor (1925-1964) was a prominent American novelist and short-story writer known for her distinctive Southern Gothic literature. Born in Savannah, Georgia, she crafted dark and often disturbing stories that delved into the complexities of human nature and the moral dilemmas of her characters. O’Connor’s works, including “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” and “Wise Blood,” are characterized by their vivid characters, sharp wit and profound exploration of religious and existential themes.

“Flannery O’Connor left an indelible mark on American literature, with her stories continuing to captivate readers and provoke thought on the human condition. This program captures her spirit and brings her to life for a new generation,” McCullough said.

Fatherree is professor emerita of English at Hinds Community College. She has performed as O’Connor in a variety of venues across the South.

Monday, September 11, 2023 - 1:20 pm