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“Today I got a letter from a man who said he had spent his childhood among characters such as I had portrayed. Poor man. He said since he had seen them in print they burdened his conscience less.”

letter to Catharine Carver dated August 10, 1955, in Letters of Flannery O’Connor: The Habit of Being (New York: Vintage Books, 1980), 95. (Catherine Carver was O’Connor’s longtime editor at Harcourt Brace.)
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