Flannery O’Connor is best known for her short stories and novels, including A Good Man is Hard to Find, published in 1955.

Flannery was born to Catholic parents in Savannah, Georgia in 1925, and became an avid reader at an early age.  The O’Connor Family moved to Milledgeville when Flannery was in high school. Shortly after their move, her father passed away. Flannery completed her education and enrolled at Georgia State College for Women.

Flannery went on to receive a master’s degree from the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop and was awarded a residency at Yaddo. Through the influence of mentors who recognized her unique writing style, she began publishing short stories and novels.

In the early1950s, Flannery developed Lupus, the same disease that took her father.  She returned to Milledgeville to live with her mother at Andalusia, the family farm, where Flannery wrote and cared for her flock of peacocks until she passed away. She was only 39 years old.

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Awards

  • Rinehart-Iowa Fiction Award (1947)
  • Three O’Henry Awards for Short Fiction (1957, 1963, and 1965)
  • Honorary Doctorate in Literature from Smith College and St. Mary’s College
  • Henry Bellamann Foundation Award (1963)
  • Nominated for the National Book Award (1966)
  • National Book Award for Fiction (posthumously) (1972)

Resources

  • The Habit of Being edited by Sally Fitzgerald (1979)
  • Conversations with Flannery O’Connor edited by Rosemary M. Magee (1986)
  • Flannery O’Connor: Images of Grace by Douglas Gilbert and Harold Fickett (1986)
  • O’Connor: Collected Works edited by Sally Fitzgerald (1988)

Works

Novels

  • Wise Blood (1952)
  • The Violent Bear in Away (1960)

Short Fiction

  • A Stroke of Good Fortune (1949)
  • A Late Encounter with the Enemy (1952)
  • A Good Man Is Hard to Find (1953)
  • The Life You Save May Be Your Own (1953)
  • The River (1953)
  • A Circle in the Fire (1954)
  • A Temple of the Holy Ghost (1954)
  • The Displaced Person (1954)
  • The Artificial Nigger (1955)
  • Good Country People (1955)
  • The Comforts of Home (1960)
  • Revelation (1964)
  • Judgement Day (1965)

Essays

  • From Letters, 1954-55 (2011)
  • Reasonable Use of the Unreasonable (2011)
  • Writing Short Stories (2011)

Collections

  • A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories (1955)
  • Everything That Rises Must Converge (1965)
  • The Complete Stories (1971)

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LOCATION

Georgia Writers Museum

109 S. Jefferson Ave.

Eatonton, GA 31024

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