Thursday, July 24, 2008

A Good Readership is Hard to Find

Q: Should Catholic fiction writers write for a Catholic audience?

A: No. Not enough Catholics read good fiction. To write for a Catholic audience would mean that the writer would either 1) have to write down, or 2) starve to death. Neither is advisable.

--Flannery O'Connor.
(Response to the question of a student correspondent in The Motley [Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL] Spring 1958.
Reprinted in Conversations With Flannery O'Connor Rosemary M. Magee, ed. 1987 by the University Press of Mississippi.)

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