Mark Sullivan

October 20, 2007

How I Met Marion Montgomery.

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Back in the spring I was writing an article about Catholicism in the South, and I was looking for a way to cover Flannery O’Connor. I hadn’t read much of her stuff. I randomly came across a review of Hillbilly Thomist by Marion Montgomery in First Things. I found out later that was the only publication that ran a review of the book. I contacted the publisher to interview Montgomery not knowing who I was interviewing except that he had written a book about Flannery O’Connor. Our first conversation had enough material for three articles. I posted the interview that ran in the National Catholic Register. A longer piece is scheduled to run in Catholic World Report later this year. Mr. Montgomery and I have exchanged a number of letters, and he’s kept me up to date about his newest book on Nathanial Hawthorne.

If you look to the left on this blog and see the links to the Summa and Walter Farrell’s Companion to the Summa, those are a direct result of my contact with Mr. Montgomery–himself a HillBilly Thomist.

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  1. [...] Mark Sullivan wrote an interesting post today on How I Met Marion Montgomery.Here’s a quick excerpt Back in the spring I was writing an article about Catholicism in the South, … . I randomly came across a review of Hillbilly Thomist by Marion Montgomery in First Things. I found out later that was the only publication that ran a review of the book. I contacted the publisher to interview [...]

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  2. Dear Mark: I read your fascinating piece about Marion Montgomery in the Catholic World Reporter, sent to me by the World’s Most Devout Catholic (I’m Episcopalian). A soon-to-be-published novelist myself and would-be Flannery fan, I’m also a deep-fried Southerner; my family’s been in the South for 350 years – so I find Mr. Montgomery an incredible source – and an amazing spirit. I am most intrigued by his interest in Nathaniel Hawthorne. One of the finest literary biographies I’ve ever read was one about Hawthorne, written by a friend named Walter Herbert, from Georgetown, Texas. Dr. Herbert is considered one of the top Hawthorne scholars, and his book is dense, rife with meticulous and original source material. It’s an amazing read; I’d recommend it to anyone chasing Hawthorne. And I would give anything to meet the likes of Marion Montgomery. Great work on your piece! All best, John

    Comment by John Jeter — January 24, 2008 @ 2:22 pm


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