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Flannery O'Connor

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Mary Flannery O'ConnorMarch 25, 1925 Savannah, Georgia, US


August 3, 1964 Milledgeville, Georgia, US

Resting place

Memory Hill Cemetery, Milledgeville, Georgia


  • Novelist
  • short story writer
  • essayist




Southern Gothic


  • Morality
  • Catholicism
  • grace
  • transcendence

Literary movement

Christian Realism

Notable works

  • Wise Blood
  • The Violent Bear It Away
  • A Good Man Is Hard to Find

Mary Flannery O'Connor was an American novelist, short story writer and essayist. She wrote two novels and thirty-two short stories, as well as a number of reviews and commentaries.

She was a Southern writer who often wrote in a sardonic Southern Gothic style and relied heavily on regional settings and supposedly grotesque characters, often in violent situations. The unsentimental acceptance or rejection of the limitations or imperfection or difference of these characters typically underpins the drama.

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