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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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