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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Flannery O'Connor: Selected full-text books and articles

Flannery O'connor, Hermit Novelist By Richard Giannone University of South Carolina Press, 2010
What's Normal? Narratives of Mental and Emotional Disorders By Carol Donley; Sheryl Buckley Kent State University Press, 2000
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The Added Dimension: The Art and Mind of Flannery O'Connor By Lewis A. Lawson; Melvin J. Friedman Fordham University Press, 1977
Flannery O'Connor By Preston M. Browning Jr Southern Illinois University Press, 1974
American Gargoyles: Flannery O'Connor and the Medieval Grotesque By Anthony Di Renzo Southern Illinois University Press, 1995
Flannery O'Connor and the Mystery of Love By Richard Giannone Fordham University Press, 1999
Redrawing the Color Line in Flannery O'Connor's "The Displaced Person" By 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 By Wood, Ralph C Modern Age, Vol. 47, No. 4, Fall 2005
"One of My Babies": The Misfit and the Grandmother By Bandy, Stephen C Studies in Short Fiction, Vol. 33, No. 1, Winter 1996
Flannery O'Connor in Her Letters: "A Refugee from Deep Thought" By Folks, Jeffrey J Modern Age, Vol. 47, No. 2, Spring 2005
Great American Writers: Twentieth Century By R. Baird Shuman Marshall Cavendish, vol.8, 2002
The Columbia Companion to the Twentieth-Century American Short Story By Blanche H. Gelfant; Lawrence Graver Columbia University Press, 2000
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