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Literature as Preparation for Death

As a writer of novels and occasional essays, Walker Percy is fascinated by our pilgrimage unto death. For autobiographical reasons, it is perhaps the most pervasive theme among the many in his writing.

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Favorites

While I recognize that literature is a high art form and a tremendous source of intellectual, spiritual, and moral enlightenment, I make recourse to literature largely for the purposes of therapy or entertainment. Janet Smith discusses her favorite authors.

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The Happiness of Willa Cather

If a Christian were asked to point to the books in American literature that portray a good Christian - someone of whom one might say, "yes, that is a portrait; that is the sort of soul I aspire to be" - there are no better portraits than those in the novels of Willa Cather, and few competitors.

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Flannery O'Connor: Stalking Pride

Flannery O'Connor wrote out of a deep, thoroughly Catholic vision of life, and saw her vocation of writing as essentially telling stories to uncover "mystery through manners, grace through nature."

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Andre Dubus 1936-1999

When Andre Dubus passed away in his Haverhill, Massachusetts home on February 25, obituaries noted the loss of one of America's finest writers of the short story and certainly one of the most interesting and inspiring figures on the contemporary literary scene.

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