O'Connor, Flannery 
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Time Period
3/25/1925  - 8/3/1964
Description
Born Mary Flannery O’Connor in Savannah, she lived most of her life in Georgia and used the Deep South as the region for her fictional novels/short stories, including Wise Blood (1952) and The Violent Bear It Away (1960). She incorporated southern speech and cultural conventions into her writing while still tapping into universal dilemmas. Although she was Catholic, her characters were often simple fundamentalist Protestants.

As a strong Christian apologist, she often depicted grace in grotesque circumstances. For example, in "A Good Man is Hard to Find" (1953), a woman initially feels threatened when confronting a dangerous escaped convict. However, when she thinks he’s about to cry, she attempts to console him. This last moment of grace is met with brutality, as he shoots her and his accomplices finish murdering her family. O’Connor noted that violence "is strangely capable of returning my characters to reality and preparing them to accept their moment of grace."
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Flannery O'Connor portrait- cropped from photo 'Robie with Flannery 1947' by Cmcauley at en.wikipedia (CC-BY-SA 3.0)
Book/Journal Source(s)
Reid, Daniel, Robert Linder, Bruce Shelley, and Harry Stout, 1990. Dictionary of Christianity in America. Downers Grove, IL.
Queen, Edward, Stephen Prothero and Gardiner Shattuck, 1996. The Encyclopedia of American Religious History. New York: Facts on File.
Web Source(s)
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/424730/Flannery-OConnor
Flannery O'Connor's Encyclopedia Britannica Biography
Web Page Contributor
Benjamin T. Gurrentz
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in Sociology

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