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Spring of Spite: Flannery O’Connor, “Enoch and the Gorilla”

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Welcome to the second installment of our Spring of Spite! This week’s spiteful story is a Flannery O’Connor joint, from the collection Wise Blood. In “Enoch and the Gorilla,” a put-upon young man is very, very excited about the chance to insult a famous ape, though things don’t turn out exactly how he’d planned.

Also this week, we’ve got more examples of spiteful behavior, including several spiteful wills and obituaries. Speaking of the latter, here’s a link to the full text of Marianne Johnson-Reddick’s obituary. And here two newspaper articles with roundups of spiteful wills, one from a very old edition of The Quebec Observer and one from the New York Times. Tom’s got the story this week of the literary feud between H.G. Wells and Henry James. If you want to read the spite-fueled “satire” Wells wrote as a burn on James, you can do so here, via Project Gutenberg. And Mike’s got the story of two 19th-century paleontologists whose simmering hatred for each other led to trumped-up scholarship, angry newspaper articles and, eventually, both men going broke. You can watch the full PBS documentary, “Dinosaur Wars,” via YouTube.

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Author: mikeingram25

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One thought on “Spring of Spite: Flannery O’Connor, “Enoch and the Gorilla”

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