Friday, May 29, 2015

Exciting News and A Literary Controversy: Flannery O'Connor Gets Her Own Postage Stamp!

Image from US Postal Service
I was excited to read the news that Mary Flannery O'Connor, one of my top three favorite short story writers, is getting her own postage stamp. According to a report in Crux, the 93-cent stamp will be released on June 5.

Also according to Crux, the image is based on a black and white photo of O'Connor taken in 1945 when she was a student at Georgia State College for Women. The background image is peacock feathers, a signature symbol of O'Connor and representative of the birds raised on her home in Georgia.

The image the artist used of O'Connor has already created controversy.

According to an article in Entertainment Weekly, another favorite short story writer, Joyce Carol Oates, tweeted earlier this week that she doesn't think the stamp resembles any photos she has ever seen of O'Connor and wonders if the artist who created the stamp had ever seen an image of O'Connor or read any of the iconic writer's work. 

While I agree with Oates that the image doesn't resemble any I've seen of Flannery -- most photos I've seen show her wearing dark glasses -- I think the image is flattering.

And I will be in line next month to buy my O'Connor stamps.





16 comments:

  1. Well, I agree but artists often see through their own sights! Glad to see the stamp but with is were a Forever for daily use. I always buy writers when I can. Did you know that Maya Angelou had her stamp out this month. I bought a load of them when I could. Nice to see your post!

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    1. Hi Claudia,
      Yes, I did know that Maya Angelou had her own stamp. I think it's wonderful writers are getting recognized.
      Donna

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  2. Donna--It's always great when a writer is honored like this. When the stamps debut, are you going to be at the post office the moment it opens? ;)

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    1. Hi Sioux,
      I agree totally that's it great for writers to get honored this way. As far as showing up at the PO the moment it opens, probably not. ;-)

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  3. I think it's a beautiful stamp and a fitting honor no matter how anyone looks at it.

    Pat
    Critter Alley

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    1. Hi Pat,
      It is a beautiful stamp and a lovely way to recognize Flannery.

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  4. Well, it had me fooled, because I don't know what she looked like. At least it's attractive, and not unflattering, like a portrait made from a driver's license photo.

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    1. Hi Val,
      It is an attractive photo. Driver's license photos are not flattering, which reminds me mine is due for renewal.

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  5. Nice to see another writer getting recognition. How I wish I could write like Flannery O'Connor.

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    1. Hi Linda,
      It is long overdue. I wish I could write like her too, but there's only one Flannery O'Connor.

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  6. Exciting news, Donna! Thanks for passing the word along.

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    1. Hi Clara,
      Nice to hear from you. You're welcome. Hope you have a great summer!

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  7. This is wonderful news! She's one of my top three as well, and your style has brought her to mind before. I don't think she'd be insulted by the picture, either. It's not like the infamous Lucille Ball statue, at least! http://fox2now.com/2015/04/06/lucy-what-happened-fans-want-ugly-lucille-ball-statue-replaced/

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    1. Hi Tammy,
      Wow! That's kind of you to say.
      And double Wow. That statue doesn't look anything like Lucy.

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  8. I love postage stamps and it's always exciting to see writers on them!

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    1. Hi Lynn,
      You are such a dedicated letter writer; I know you love stamps!

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