Born: 25 March 1925
Died: 3 August 1964 (complications from lupus)
Birthplace: Savannah, Georgia
Best known as: Southern author of "A Good Man is Hard to Find"
Name at birth: Mary Flannery O'Connor
Writer Flannery O'Connor is best known for her short stories, the most famous being "A Good Man is Hard To Find" (1953) and "Everything That Rises Must Converge" (1961). Her stories are populated with misfits and fanatics from the American South and often address issues of violence and spiritual faith. She died from lupus at the age of 39, having also published two novels, Wise Blood (1952) and The Violent Bear it Away (1960). A posthumously published collection, The Complete Short Stories of Flannery O'Connor, won the National Book Award in 1972.
Extra credit: O'Connor's novels: Wise Blood (1952) and The Violent Bear It Away (1960).
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