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  1. 1. A biographical report
  2. 2.  Mary Flannery O’Connor (most commonly known as Flannery O’Connor ) was born in Savannah, Georgia. Flannery tasted fame at the age of six when a film of Flannery and her trained chicken was made by Pathé News. Her father died of systemic lupus erythematosus in 1937.
  3. 3.  Author of two novels.  Wise Blood (1952)  The Violent Bear It Away (1960) 32 short stories, including two books of short stories.  A Good Man Is Hard to Find (1955)  Everything That Rises Must Converge (published posthumously in 1965). Stories took place in the south, and disfigured or grotesque characters were common.
  4. 4.  Graduated from Georgia State College for Women in 1945. Attended the Iowa Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa in 1946 In 1949, she went to stay with Robert Fitzgerald, a translator of the classics, and his wife in Redding, Connecticut for two years. The were also Catholics. Like her father she died of systemic lupus erythematosus in 1964.
  5. 5.  Devout Roman Catholic Attended Mass almost daily as an adult. Her Southern, fundamentalist Protestant characters, often underwent transformations brought on by pain and violence, leading them to a more Catholic theology. Spiritual undertones pervaded her writing, her Catholic faith being one of her greatest influences.
  6. 6.  Her suffering from lupus and her fathers death from the same disease were significant influences. Flannery was only 39 when she died, but lupus and the treatment for it caused some disfigurement, making her look much older.
  7. 7.  The last significant influence on her writing was her southern roots. She wrote in a Southern Gothic style with settings of a regional South. Living in the “Bible Belt” of the South caused her characters to be Southern Protestants as well. Since she wrote in the South, racism had a place in her stories.
  8. 8. "Flannery OConnor." Novels for Students. Detroit: Gale, 1998. Literature Resource Center. Web. 9 July 2012.Document URL 7CEJ2168100017&v=2.1&u=newpaltz&it=r&p=LitRC&sw=w"The Artist as Invalid." The Oxonian Review. Issue 9.1. 27, April 2009. Web. 8 July 2012.Document URL"Flannery OConnor." The New Georgia Encyclopedia. University of Georgia Press, 2009. Web. 8 July 2012.Document URL