Flannery O’Connor (March 25, 1925 – August 3, 1964) was born Mary Flannery O’Connor in Savannah, Georgia. She became best known for her short stories, morally driven narratives populated with flawed characters sometimes described as grotesque.
There was nothing she ever wanted to do other than write. Even while stricken with lupus, she wrote every day, producing a body of work that included two novels and more than thirty short stories.
Although she lived a somewhat sheltered life, O’Connor’s work depicted subtleties of human behavior with razor precision. Her dark humor wasn’t appreciated by all — its religious overtones (she was a devout Catholic) were highly provocative. She was also an avid book reviewer, penning more than one hundred reviews for various publications.
Today, her work is still much discussed because of its detail, symbolism and imagery. Her work is categorized as “Southern Gothic,” and relies heavily on regional themes. O’Connor famously said: “Anything that comes out of the South is going to be called grotesque by the northern reader, unless it is grotesque, in which case it is going to be called realistic.”
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Later in life, O’Connor was asked why she wrote, and her answer was “Because I’m good at it.” It wasn’t a statement of ego, but one of fact. She was deeply immersed in the craft, writing and rewriting.
More about Flannery O’Connor on this site
- “A Good Man is Hard to Find” — an analysis
- O’Connor on the Grotesque in Fiction
- Wise Quotes by Flannery O’Connor
- Flannery O’Connor quotes on writing and literature
- Dear Literary Ladies: How can I develop good writing habits?
- Dear Literary Ladies: Should I take time off work to write full time?
- Dear Literary Ladies: How much do authors want their work to be analyzed?
- A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories
- The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O’Connor
- Everything that Rises Must Converge
- Wise Blood
- The Violent Bear It Away
Autobiographies and Biographies about Flannery O’Connor
- The Flannery O’Connor Society
- Flannery O’Connor: Comforts of Home
- O’Connor page on Amazon
- Reader discussion of O’Connor’s books on Goodreads
Articles, News, Etc.
- Listen to 15 Literary Icons Reading Their Own Work
- Read an Expert From O’Connor’s ‘A Prayer Journal’
- 10 Controversial Short Stories
- Faith, Fiction, Friends: O’Connor and the Disappearance of Celebrity
- Flannery O’Connor’s Letter to a College Student Losing His Faith Still Relevant
- Flannery O’Connor on Integrity and Freedom
- Inside O’Connor’s Universe
- In Flannery’s House
- Freaks of a Feather Celebrate Flannery O’Connor
- O’Connor on Fiction, Fact and Mystery
- All Flannery All the Time
- Beyond the Region of Thunder: O’Connor’s Last Days
- Flannery O’Connor – Fifty Years After (her death)
- Dean Koontz praises Flannery O’Connor, disses Virginia Woolf
- A Defense of the Grotesque in O’Connor’s Art
- O’Connor, Ambition, and the Illusion of Time to Spare
- Flannery O’Connor died 50 years ago today – A few thoughts
- Beyond the Region of Thunder: Flannery O’Connor’s Last Days
- Flannery O’Connor – Fifty Years After
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- Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home – Savannah, GA
- Flannery O’ Connor Room -Georgia College and State University,
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