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Susan Srigley is a professor of religions and cultures at Nipissing University in Ontario, Canada. This article is adapted from a talk delivered at a symposium co-hosted by America and St. Joseph’s Seminary in November 2014.

WORKSHOP DAYS. Robie Macauley, Arthur Koestler and Flannery O’Connor at Amana Colonies in Iowa, Oct 9, 1947.
Susan Srigley
In a letter to Louise Abbott in 1959, Flannery O’Connor sympathizes with what her correspondent must have been describing as a struggle of faith: “All I would like you to know is that I sympathize and I suffer this way myself.” We may never have known the details or the extent to w