"Anything that comes out of the South is going to be called grotesque by the northern reader, unless it is grotesque, in which case it is going to be called realistic."
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Flannery O'Connor reads A Good Man is Hard to Find
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aloud at Vanderbilt University in 1959.Mary Flannery O'Connor
wrote two collections of short stories - A Good Man is Hard to Find
and Everything That Rises Must Converge
- and two full-length novels (Wise Blood
and The Violent Bear it Away
). A devout Catholic in the deep and Protestant South, she also contributed regular essays
and book reviews to the local diocesan newspapers. She wrote in what has come to be called the Southern Gothic
tradition: grotesque and supremely flawed characters are nevertheless touched by moments of grace
in a bleak and 'Christ-haunted' landscape.
O'Connor was diagnosed with Lupus in her 20s and lived many years longer than the doctors thought she would. She lived with her mother on the family farm
, Georgia, where she spent her time raising peacocks and other game birds, resting between lecture tours and voluminously corresponding with friends, colleagues and fans of her work. A single-volume collection of more than 800 of these letters, The Habit of Being
, was published in 1988.
Flannery O'Connor died in 1964. Her mother, Regina, died in 1997.