In a letter dated May 31, 1960, Flannery O’Connor penned a letter to the playwright Maryat Lee that was obviously part of an ongoing conversation they were enjoying. O’Connor was clearly not a fan of Rand.

She wrote:

I hope you don’t have friends who recommend Ayn Rand to you. The fiction of Ayn Rand is as low as you can get re fiction. I hope you picked it up off the floor of the subway and threw it in the nearest garbage pail. She makes Mickey Spillane look like Dostoevsky.


I, however, find myself very grateful to Ayn Rand in a sense. Oddly enough, it was her work which helped to lead me back to Catholicism.

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