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Robert Drake Essays on Flannery O'Connor

Identifier: MS-0394

  • Staff Only

This collection consists of several early and published versions of Robert Drake essays on author Flannery O'Connor. Some of the manuscripts included are The Bleeding Stinking Mad Shadow of Jesus in the Fiction of Flannery O'Connor and Flannery O'Connor: The True Country.


  • 1965-1966

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Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.


0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)


This collection consists of several early and published versions of Robert Drake essays on author Flannery O'Connor.

Biographical/Historical Note

Robert Young Drake, Jr., was born on October 20, 1930, in Ripley, Tenn. He graduated from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor's (1952) and a master's (1953) in English. Then he obtained a master's (1954) and PhD (1955) in English from Yale University, where he met Cleanth Brooks. He then taught at various universities over the United States until he came to the University of Tennessee in 1965, when he published his first collection of stories, Amazing Grace (reprinted 1981). He befriended Flannery O'Conner and published a booklet "Flannery O'Connor, The True Country" in 1966. Drake served as editor and chairman of the 1969 Southern Literary Festival and published its proceedings, titled The Writer and His Traditions. Some other publications include The Single Heart (1971), The Burning Bush (1975), Survivors and Others (1987), and What Would You Do For an Encore? And Other Stories (1996). Drake passed away in 2001.

Flannery O'Connor was an American writer and essayist. O'Connor wrote two novels and 32 short stories, as well as a number of reviews and commentaries. Many of her works reflected her strong Roman Catholic faith. She was born in Savannah, Georgia, on March 25, 1925, to Regina Cline and Edward F. O’Connor. At the age of fifteen she lost her father to lupus. She attended Georgia College and State University and in 1945 graduated from an accelerated three year program in Social Science. In 1946, she was accepted into the Writer's Workshop at the University of Iowa; it was there she began studying Journalism. She never married, relying for companionship on her correspondence and close relationship with her mother, Regina Cline O'Connor. In 1951, like her father, she was diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematous and returned to Georgia. She died on August 3, 1964, at the age of 39, of complications from lupus.


This collection is in one folder.

Acquisition Note

This collection was donated to Special Collections by Robert Drake.

Related Archival Materials

Interested researchers may wish to consult:

  1. MS.0350: Amazing Grace Manuscripts
  2. MS.2524: Robert Drake Reel-to-reel Audiotapes

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA