Thursday, July 24, 2014
Born in Savannah, Georgia on March 25, 1925, Flannery O'Connor was a fabulous short story writer in the Twentieth Century, writing mostly about southern living and religious themes. She did write novels, her first being Wise Blood published in 1952, but is best known for her short stories.
O’Connor, who attended the University of Iowa to study writing, was first published in 1946. Her short story entitled, Geranium, demonstrated her talent as a writer at a young age. Nevertheless, her life was difficult from her early years. She lost her father to Lupus after a ten-year battle when she was still a teenager, and it drastically affected her attitudes.
Following her graduation from college in 1947, Flannery O'Connor studied for several months at an artists' retreat in New York. In her future writing pursuits, she was greatly influenced by her circumstances, to wit, growing up Catholic in the South. As a result, her novels tended to focus on religious themes.
O’Connor’s most famous short stories include, A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories and Everything That Rises Must Converge. She received quite a few awards for her work. Among them are the National Book Award and the O. Henry Award.
Like her father, she died in 1964 of the autoimmune disease, Lupus, after a ten-year battle.
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