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Flannery O'Connor (1925–1964)

Author of Complete Stories

165+ Works 26,165 Members 453 Reviews 333 Favorited

About the Author

Flannery O'Connor was born in Savannah, Georgia. She had a quiet, bookish life as a child before attending Georgia State College for Women and going on tot he Writers Workshop at the State University of Iowa, where she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree. Her 1949 dissertation consisted of six show more short stories, one of which she developed into her first novel, Wise Blood (1952). Wise Blood is the story of a fanatical, wandering preacher who sets out to found a "church of truth without Jesus Christ crucified." The book introduces some of the religious themes that run throughout O'Connor's later work. Her second novel, The Violent Bear It Away (1960), is the story of murder involving a Tennessee backwoods preacher and a small boy. Once again, O'Connor explores unusual manifestation of religion and human eccentricities. Although O'Connor produced only a small body of work during her relatively brief lifetime, she has received much critical attention. O'Connor suffered from lupus, an inherited disease, which crippled her and cut short her life, and so her creative work was largely compressed within a decade of the 1950's. Her father also dies of Lupus when she was 15 years old. O'Connor is frequently praised as being the most creative and distinctive writer of this period. The two most notable aspects of her fiction are its religious themes and its commentary on the oppressive traditions of the mid-twentieth-century Deep South. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Disambiguation Notice:

There are two different versions of the book Three (or 3). They both contain Wise Blood and The Violent Will Bear It Away, and some contain A Good Man Is Hard to Find while others contain Everything That Rises Must Converge. Please be conscious of this difference when adding or combining works. If you own an edition of Three, please make sure it is combined with the correct work, and please do not combine the two separate works entitled Three (or 3).

Works by Flannery O'Connor

Complete Stories (1971) 6,683 copies
Wise Blood (1952) 3,851 copies
The Violent Bear It Away (1960) 1,773 copies
The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O'Connor (1979) — Author — 1,155 copies
A Prayer Journal (2013) 434 copies
Seven Contemporary Short Novels [second edition] (1969) — Contributor — 35 copies
A Memoir of Mary Ann (1961) 35 copies
O'Connor 22 copies
The Lame Shall Enter First (1962) 15 copies
Novelas (2011) 12 copies
Dommens dag : noveller (1971) 10 copies
Revelation (2005) 9 copies
Um diario de preces (2014) 8 copies
O Céu é dos Violentos (2014) 7 copies
Palava kehä (1984) 6 copies
Parker's Back 4 copies
La buena gente del campo (1955) 4 copies
Antologia Indispensável (1996) 4 copies
Punto Omega (2022) 3 copies
The River 3 copies
Tutti i racconti Vol. 1 (2001) 2 copies
No title 2 copies
Tots els contes (2011) 2 copies
Judgement Day 2 copies
Death of a Child (1961) 2 copies
Tutti i racconti. Vol 2 (2001) 2 copies
Bilge Kan (2015) 2 copies
BRA FOLK FRÅN LANDET (1981) 2 copies
Il geranio e altre storie (2023) 2 copies
Wise Blood 1 copy
The Peeler 1 copy
The Train 1 copy
The Turkey 1 copy
The Crop 1 copy
Wildcat 1 copy
The Geranium 1 copy
La Récolte 1 copy
Home of the Brave (1981) 1 copy
The Complete Stories (1983) 1 copy
[Tutti i racconti] 2 (1994) 1 copy
Freedom Fries (2004) 1 copy

Associated Works

The Best American Short Stories of the Century (2000) — Contributor — 1,560 copies
Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules (2005) — Contributor — 1,216 copies
The Oxford Book of American Short Stories (1992) — Contributor — 748 copies
The Dark Descent (1987) — Contributor — 723 copies
The Oxford Book of Short Stories (1981) — Contributor — 514 copies
The World of the Short Story: A 20th Century Collection (1986) — Contributor — 463 copies
The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century (2000) — Contributor — 455 copies
The Granta Book of the American Short Story (1992) — Contributor — 369 copies
Women & Fiction: Short Stories By and About Women (1975) — Contributor — 366 copies
100 Years of the Best American Short Stories (2015) — Contributor — 289 copies
The Treasury of American Short Stories (1981) — Contributor — 269 copies
The New Granta Book of the American Short Story (2007) — Contributor — 212 copies
We Are the Stories We Tell (1990) — Contributor — 195 copies
The Norton Book of Personal Essays (1997) — Contributor — 142 copies
Mistresses of the Dark [Anthology] (1998) — Contributor — 122 copies
The Signet Classic Book of Southern Short Stories (1991) — Contributor — 121 copies
The Penguin Book of Women's Humour (1996) — Contributor — 119 copies
Downhome: An Anthology of Southern Women Writers (1995) — Contributor — 116 copies
The Literature of the American South: A Norton Anthology (1997) — Contributor — 98 copies
American Short Stories (1976) — Contributor, some editions — 95 copies
The Oxford Book of Travel Stories (1996) — Contributor — 74 copies
Eyes to See (2008) — Contributor — 71 copies
Ross Macdonald Selects Great Stories of Suspense (1974) — Contributor — 70 copies
Great Esquire Fiction (1983) — Contributor — 70 copies
200 Years of Great American Short Stories (1975) — Contributor — 69 copies
The Medusa in the Shield (1990) — Contributor — 65 copies
Dark: Stories of Madness, Murder and the Supernatural (2000) — Contributor — 58 copies
The Vintage Book of American Women Writers (2011) — Contributor — 57 copies
Art of Fiction (1967) — Contributor — 51 copies
Prejudice: A Story Collection (1995) — Contributor — 42 copies
Southern Dogs and Their People (2000) — Contributor — 39 copies
Literary Savannah (1998) — Contributor — 39 copies
Fifty Best American Short Stories 1915-1965 (1965) — Contributor — 36 copies
American Gothic Short Stories (2019) — Contributor — 35 copies
The Secret Self: A Century of Short Stories by Women (1995) — Contributor — 34 copies
Birds in the Hand: Fiction and Poetry about Birds (2004) — Contributor — 33 copies
The Best American Short Stories 1979 (1979) — Contributor — 25 copies
One World of Literature (1992) — Contributor — 24 copies
Eyes to See, Volume Two (2008) — Contributor — 24 copies
Wise Blood [1979 film] (2009) — Original story — 23 copies
The Best Horror Stories (1977) — Contributor — 22 copies
On Moral Medicine: Theological Perspectives in Medical Ethics (2012) — Contributor, some editions — 20 copies
The Best American Short Stories 1966 (1966) — Contributor — 17 copies
The Best American Short Stories 1956 (1956) — Contributor — 17 copies
Family: Stories from the Interior (1987) — Contributor — 15 copies
Robert Penn Warren talking: Interviews, 1950-1978 (1980) — Interviewed — 14 copies
The living novel, a symposium (1957) — Contributor — 14 copies
Story to Anti-Story (1979) — Contributor — 13 copies
The Best American Short Stories 1955 (1955) — Contributor — 13 copies
Twenty-Nine Stories (1960) — Contributor — 13 copies
The Best American Short Stories 1962 (1962) — Contributor — 12 copies
New World Writing: First Mentor Selection (1952) — Contributor — 11 copies
Witches' Brew: Horror and Supernatural Stories by Women (1984) — Contributor — 10 copies
Writer to Writer: Readings on the Craft of Writing (1966) — Contributor — 8 copies
The Best American Short Stories 1957 (1957) — Contributor — 7 copies
Prize Stories 1963: The O. Henry Awards (1963) — Contributor — 6 copies
The Best American Short Stories 1958 (1958) — Contributor — 5 copies
Short Fiction: Shape and Substance (1971) — Contributor — 3 copies
Moderne Amerikaanse verhalen — Contributor — 3 copies
Enjoying Stories (1987) — Contributor — 2 copies
New World Writing 19 (1961) — Contributor — 2 copies
Introduction to Fiction (1974) — Contributor — 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
O'Connor, Flannery
Legal name
O'Connor, Mary Flannery
Birthdate
1925-03-25
Date of death
1964-08-03
Burial location
Memory Hill Cemetery, Milledgeville, Georgia, USA
Gender
female
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
Savannah, Georgia, USA
Place of death
Milledgeville, Georgia, USA
Cause of death
complications of lupus
Places of residence
Savannah, Georgia, USA
Milledgeville, Georgia, USA
Redding, Connecticut, USA
Iowa City, Iowa, USA
Education
University of Iowa (MFA|1947)
Georgia State College for Women (BA|1945)
Peabody Laboratory School
Occupations
novelist
essayist
reviewer
Relationships
Lytle, Andrew (teacher)
Organizations
Yaddo
Iowa Writers' Workshop
Awards and honors
Georgia Women of Achievement (1992)
American Academy of Arts and Letters Academy Award (Literature ∙ 1957)
Georgia Writers Hall of Fame
National Book Award for Fiction (1972)
Disambiguation notice
There are two different versions of the book Three (or 3). They both contain Wise Blood and The Violent Will Bear It Away, and some contain A Good Man Is Hard to Find while others contain Everything That Rises Must Converge. Please be conscious of this difference when adding or combining works. If you own an edition of Three, please make sure it is combined with the correct work, and please do not combine the two separate works entitled Three (or 3).

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Discussions

Flannery O'Connor in Legacy Libraries (June 2022)
August 2021: Flannery O'Connor in Monthly Author Reads (September 2021)
Group Read, June 2018: The Violent Bear it Away in 1001 Books to read before you die (August 2018)

Reviews

What I love about Flannery O’Connor is this certain realistic and raw approach to storytelling she had which I find seldom elsewhere in literature. You don’t find this kind of liberality very often, where the author’s characters aren’t all angels (God forbid). O’Connor, though a Christian, wasn’t afraid to show things as they are and as she saw them, regardless of how “immoral” or “shocking” it might have been to her audience. Why should a writer mar her or his characters just to be decent and destroy the underlying message?… (more)
 
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TheBooksofWrath | 67 other reviews | Apr 18, 2024 |
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I just finished this book and I really enjoyed it. Jessica Hooten Wilson did an extraordinary job researching the possible connections in Flannery's life and other works that may have taken shape in this unpublished novel. I not only fully enjoyed the unfinished work, but I also learned so much about Flannery life and times. 100% recommend.
 
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CastellumLibrandi | 3 other reviews | Mar 24, 2024 |
I'm giving this five stars not because it's without flaws, but because there just isn't a bad story in this collection. Just under twenty years of work in this volume, and it's just--extraordinary. My current favorite might be "Good Country People" in large part because of how unusual it is in her oeuvre to write a character like Hulga, and how skillfully she does it.
 
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localgayangel | 67 other reviews | Mar 5, 2024 |
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How interesting would it be to read an incomplete partial manuscript by an author who had written only two novels and a couple of collections of short stories? That's the first thought that came into my mind when considering this book. But I should have been less skeptical since it turned out to be both very interesting and quite an enjoyable read.
In contrast to my skepticism of reading a partial manuscript, as an ex-Catholic I am still somewhat intrigued by some of the more steadfast Catholics authors like Walker Percy, Graham Green and O'Connor whose fiction reflects the stresses and tension between their religious ideology and their more secularist view of the world. Combine that with O'Connor's southern cultural environment, along with the racial turmoil of the 1950s and 60s that permeated that environment, and you can end up with literary mush rather than insightful literary writing. Fortunately this work reflects aspects of the latter rather than the former.
Jessica Horton Wilson has done an excellent job of illuminating O'Connor's literary genius and reflecting how her writing was intimately tied to her short and very limited lifestyle. You learn as much about Flannery as a person and writer as you do about what this fragmentary manuscript might have turned into if O'Connor's early illness and death had not been such a determinative force.
This study is also complemented by 7 excellent linoleum cut prints by Steve Prince an exceptionally gifted young artist. Each of the illustrations very vividly captures a powerful and insightful scene in the manuscript. This book is an excellent addition to any Flannery O'Connor or literary collection.
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