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Flannery O Connor

  1. 1. Flannery O’Connor<br />1925 - 1964 <br />
  2. 2. Flannery O’Connor<br /> She was a Southern writer who often wrote in a Southern Gothic style and relied heavily on regional settings and grotesque characters.<br />O'Connor's writing also reflected her own Roman Catholic faith, and frequently examined <br />questions <br />of morality<br />and <br />ethics.<br />
  3. 3. Flannery O’Connor<br />After graduating from Peabody Laboratory School in 1942, she entered Georgia State College for Women, an accelerated three-year program where she graduated with a Social Sciences degree.<br />In 1946 she was accepted into the prestigious Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa, where she first went to study journalism.<br />
  4. 4. Flannery O’Connor<br />In 1951 she was diagnosed with disseminated lupus, and returned to her mother’s farm, called Andalusia, in Milledgeville, Georgia.<br />Although she was expected to live only five more years, it would be fourteen years before her death. <br />
  5. 5. Flannery O’Connor<br />At Andalusia, she raised and nurtured some 100 peafowl. She was fascinated by birds of all kinds and incorporated images of peacocks into her books. <br />
  6. 6. Flannery O’Connor<br />She published two novels, Wise Blood and The Violent Bear It Away. Her work was humorous and she was considered an American regionalist.<br />Early in her life she hoped to be a cartoonist and she had a way of transforming her characters in much the same way. <br />
  7. 7. Flannery O’Connor<br />She belonged to the Southern Gothic tradition that focused on the decaying South and its damned people. O'Connor's body of work was small, consisting of only thirty-one stories, two novels, and some speeches and letters.<br />Her texts usually take place in the South and revolve around morally flawed characters, while the issue of race often appears in the background.<br />
  8. 8. Flannery O’Connor<br /> At the age of 21 she published her first short story, 'The Geranium', in Accent. In the following year she received the degree of Master of Fine Arts in Literature.<br />O'Connor was the first fiction writer born in the twentieth century to have her works collected and published by the Library of America.<br />

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