Essay Mary Flannery O'Connor

948 WordsOct 15, 19994 Pages
Mary Flannery O'Connor is one of the most preeminent and more unique short story authors in American Literature (O'Connor 1). While growing up she lived in the Bible-belt South during the post World War II era of the United States. O'Connor was part of a strict Roman Catholic family, but she depicts her characters as Fundamentalist Protestants. Her characters are also severely spiritually or physically disturbed and have a tendency to be violent, arrogant or overly stupid. (Garraty 582) She mixes in her works a full-fledged gothic eeriness with an authentic feeling for the powers of grace and redemption. O'Connor's substantial literary reputation is based upon her two novels and her short stories collected in Everything That Rises Must…show more content…
She also drew cartoons and made illustrations for college paper and yearbook. O'Connor also edited the college literary magazine (Garraty 582). One of her professors started off her writing career by submitting some of her works to the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa, because of this she was awarded a Rhinehart Fellowship. O'Connor graduated in 1945 with Bachelors Arts in English and social sciences. She published her first story ," The Geranium" in the summer issue of Accent. Several stories and even portions of her first novel, Wise Blood were published between 1946 and 1952 in "Accent," "Sewanee Review," "Tomorrow," "Mademoiselle," "Partisan Review," and "New World Writing." (Garraty 582) Then she received a Master of Arts in Literature in 1947 she lived at the writers' colony at Saratoga Springs for a short time. Then O'Connor lived in New York until she got sick in 1950 and moved back home, to Georgia. (Garraty 582) When O'Connor returned to Georgia, her condition was diagnosed as disseminated lupus. She was admitted to Emory Hospital in Atlanta and remained there until she was discharged in the spring of 1951. O'Connor and her mother moved to "Andalusia.." Even during the years in Andalusia she regularly received honors and awards for her work. (Garraty 582) In 1954 o's' short story collection The Life You Save May be Your Own was selected for publication in O. Henry Prize Stories of 1954. Although her
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