Flannery O'Connor: Biography

Flannery O'Connor

25 mar 1925

Flannery O’Connor is greatly remembered to be an American novelist, short-story writer and essayist. Although her life span was short, she achieved a lot and made her work speak even today.

Flannery O’Connor was the only child to Edward F.O’ Connor and Regina Cline. She was born on 25th Mar, 1925 in Savannah, Georgia. Flannery lost her dad when she was 15 years old. Her education started in Peabody Laboratory School and she got graduated in Social Science from Georgia State Collage for Women.

In 1946, Flannery got into the prestigious Lowa Writer’s Workshop at the University of Lowa. Flannery actually went there to study journalism but then her meeting with some famous writers there changed her career. Her first short story, “The Geranium” got published in the same year and in 1952, her first novel, ‘Wise Blood’ was published.

Flannery had great belief in religion. Most of her works had a touch of religion in them. The main characters of her first two novels were preachers. As her career started progressing, her health got slowing down. She was diagnosed with disseminated lupus in 1951 and so she stayed in her ancestral farm, Andalusia in Milledgeville, Georgia for the rest of her life under the care of her mother.

The disease was expected to take Flannery’s life in 5 years but to everyone’s great surprise she lived for nearly fourteen years. Even while facing the complications of the disease, she completed more than 24 short stories and two novels. Her famous short-story collections include, ‘A good Man is hard to Find’ and ‘Everything That Rises Must Converge’.

Flannery’s book, ‘The Complete Stories’ received the National Book Award for Fiction. She is also the recipient of the O.Henry Award.

Considered to be one of the best short story authors of the 20th century, Flannery O’Connor usually used to dedicate her morning hours to writing. During afternoon, she cherished her hobbies like painting, reading, raising peacocks, geese and chickens. When the disease grew very bad, she finally passed away on 3rd Aug, 1964 at the age of 39.