Neither turkey nor ham highlighted the Christmas dinner that Flannery O'Connor ate in December 1956. The acclaimed author and Georgia native wrote to a friend that "for Christmas I demanded and got meatballs and turnip greens."
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Neither turkey nor ham was the food that Flannery O'Connor savored for Christmas dinner in December 1956. The acclaimed author and Georgia native wrote to a friend that "for Christmas I demanded and got meatballs and turnip greens."
A reader once complained to Flannery O’Connor about one of her books, saying it "left a bad taste" in her mouth. O’Connor's response: ‘You weren’t supposed to eat it.’”
On this day in 1964, novelist and short-story writer Flannery O’Connor died. In a 1954 letter to friends who were living in Italy, O’Connor declared herself “distressed” to learn that the cake she had shipped to them more than one month earlier had not arrived.
“Doubtless some official along the way ate it,” O’Connor wrote. “I was going to ask you how you fared for peanut butter and, if you needed it, was going to send you some, but I won’t if things don’t get there any better than that. I hate to think of your suffering for want of peanut butter though and I doubt if they have advanced to the state of culture where they have it over there.”
As for the cake? If it ever arrives, she added, “it should be good and stale.”