Flannery O'Connor

Flannery O'Connor (Mary Flannery O'Connor), 1925–64, American author, b. Savannah, Ga., grad. Women's College of Georgia (A.B., 1945), Iowa State Univ. (M.F.A., 1947). As a writer, O'Connor is highly regarded for her bizarre imagination, uncompromising moral vision, and superb literary style. Combining the grotesque and the gothic and touched by mordant wit, her fiction treats 20th-century Southern life in terms of stark, brutal comedy and violent tragedy. Her characters, although often deformed in both body and spirit, are impelled toward redemption. All of O'Connor's fiction reflects her strong Roman Catholic faith. Wise Blood (1952) and The Violent Bear It Away (1960) are novels focusing on religious fanaticism; A Good Man Is Hard to Find (1955) and Everything That Rises Must Converge (1965) are short-story collections. Her Collected Stories was published in 1971. O'Connor had a form of lupus and spent the last ten years of her life as an invalid, writing and raising peacocks on her mother's farm near Milledgeville, Ga.

See her Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose, ed. by S. and R. Fitzgerald (1969) and A Prayer Journal (1946–47, first pub. 2013); her letters, ed. by S. Fitzgerald (1979); biography by B. Gooch (2009); studies by J. Hendin (1970) and K. Feeley (2d ed. 1982), S. Paulsen (1988), R. Giannone (1989), and B. Ragen (1989).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Flannery O'Connor and the Christ-Haunted South
Ralph C. Wood.
William B. Eerdmans, 2005
The Added Dimension: The Art and Mind of Flannery O'Connor
Melvin J. Friedman; Lewis A. Lawson.
Fordham University Press, 1977
Flannery O'Connor
Preston M. Browning Jr.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1974
American Gargoyles: Flannery O'Connor and the Medieval Grotesque
Anthony Di Renzo.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1995
Flannery O'Connor and the Mystery of Love
Richard Giannone.
Fordham University Press, 1999
Politeness in Flannery O'Connor's Fiction: Social Interaction, Language, and the Body
Hardy, Donald E.
Style, Vol. 44, No. 4, Winter 2010
Redrawing the Color Line in Flannery O'Connor's "The Displaced Person"
Taylor, Alan C.
The Mississippi Quarterly, Vol. 65, No. 1, Winter 2012
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Flannery O'Connor's Witness to the Gospel of Life
Wood, Ralph C.
Modern Age, Vol. 47, No. 4, Fall 2005
"One of My Babies": The Misfit and the Grandmother
Bandy, Stephen C.
Studies in Short Fiction, Vol. 33, No. 1, Winter 1996
Flannery O'Connor as Baroque Artist: Theological and Literary Strategies
Bosco, Mark.
Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature, Vol. 62, No. 1, Fall 2009
Flannery O'Connor in Her Letters: "A Refugee from Deep Thought"
Folks, Jeffrey J.
Modern Age, Vol. 47, No. 2, Spring 2005
Revolting Fictions: Flannery O'Connor's Letter to Her Mother
Reuman, Ann E.
Papers on Language & Literature, Vol. 29, No. 2, Spring 1993
PEER-REVIEWED PERIODICAL
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Great American Writers: Twentieth Century
R. Bairdm Shuman.
Marshall Cavendish, vol.8, 2002
Librarian’s tip: "Flannery O'Connor" begins on p. 1135
The Columbia Companion to the Twentieth-Century American Short Story
Blanche H. Gelfant; Lawrence Graver.
Columbia University Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "Flannery O'Connor" begins on p. 413
American Women Fiction Writers, 1900-1960
Harold Bloom.
Chelsea House, vol.2, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "Flannery O'Connor: 1925-1964" begins on p. 124
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