The Papal Artifacts’ Collection is primarily dedicated to artifacts connected to the papacy. Individual popes, their biographies and multiple items belonging to them, including first and second class relics, make up the majority of this Collection. But that isn’t all it is.
Father Kunst has a deep devotion to the saints as can be readily seen in viewing the Saints & Blesseds section of this site. We invite you to visit Papal History/Saints & Blesseds to view the many canonized and beatified men and women who make up this section of the Collection.
Another category is also included with this Collection: Notable Individuals. These are people significantly associated with the Catholic Church who have not been canonized but contributed in outstanding ways to the church.
Flannery O’Connor, notable Catholic author, considered to be one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, is one of them.
Description: Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1959. First Edition. Hardcover. A 1958 letter on Doubleday & Company letterhead requesting permission from Flannery O’Connor to reprint her story “A View of the Woods” in the Prize Stories 1959, edited by Paul Engle. Despite the letter twice referring to her as “Mr. [Flannery] O’Connor,” she signs and dates at the bottom of the letter. It is possible she herself is responsible for pointing out that error by correcting her mailing address to “Miss” Flannery O’Connor. Accompanying the letter is a fine, price-clipped first edition of the collection in which the story was reprinted.
NOTE: In her voluminous, published letters, Miss O’Connor makes note of the many publishers who mistook her for being male because of her name.
Her full name is Mary Flannery, but in her writing career she dropped the use of “Mary” in favor of the more mysterious “Flannery.”
This video is a review of one of Flannery O’Connor’s most famous short stories, Revelation. It is told by Bishop Robert Barron, producer of the Pivotal Players series of which Flanner O’Connor is the most recent addition.
It will give you a taste of her surroundings and the Catholic themes in her writing for which she is noted.