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Flannery O'Connor

Flannery O'Connor (March 25, 1925 - August 3, 1964) was an American author, born in Savannah, Georgia.

Considered an important voice in American literature, O'Connor wrote 2 novels, 32 short stories, plus a number of reviews and commentaries.

Ms. O'Connor, in her critical writings, insisted on a Catholic interpretation of her works. As such, and because of her relatively small literary output, she remains a minor writer in the American canon; but one hugely talented, and promising.


Her father, Edward O'Connor, was diagnosed with lupus in 1937; he died on the first of February, 1941. Mary Flannery, the couple's only child, was devastated, and rarely spoke of him in later years.

Ms. O'Connor attended Peabody High School, from which she graduated in 1942. She entered Georgia State College, where she majored in English and Sociology, the latter a perspective she satirized effectively in novels such as The Violent Bear It Away.

1946. Flannery O'Connor is accepted into the prestigious Iowa Writer's Workshop.

1949. O'Connor meets and eventually accepts an invitation to stay with Robert Fitzgerald[?] (trans. of Greek epic plays and poems, including Oedipus Rex and both the Odyssey and the Iliad) and his wife, Sally in rural Connecticut.

In 1951 she was diagnosed with lupus. She died August 3, 1964 at Baldwin County Hospital and was buried in Milledgeville, Georgia.


  • Wise Blood, 1952
  • A Good Man Is Hard To Find, 1955
  • The Violent Bear It Away, 1960
  • A Memoir of Mary Ann (Editor and author of introduction), 1962
  • Three by Flannery O'Connor, 1964
  • Everything That Rises Must Converge, 1965
  • Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose, Edited by Sally Fitzgerald and Robert Fitzgerald, 1969
  • The Complete Short Stories, 1971
  • The Habit of Being: Letters, Edited by Sally Fitzgerald, 1979
  • The Presence of Grace and Other Book Reviews, Edited by Carter W. Martin, 1983
  • Collected Works (contains Wise Blood, A Good Man Is Hard To Find, The Violent Bear It Away, and Everything That Rises Must Converge), edited by Sally Fitzgerald, 1988

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