'A literary talent that has about it the uniqueness of greatness.' -- Sunday Telegraph
'A work of strange beauty, totally original.' -- Observer
'One of the most gifted and startling writers to have come out of the American South.' -- VS Pritchett
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About the Author
Flannery OConnor (19251964) was born in Savannah, Georgia, the only child of Catholic parents. In 1945 she enrolled at the Georgia State College for Women. After earning her degree she continued her studies on the University of Iowas writing program, and her first published story, The Geranium, was written while she was still a student. Her writing is best known for its explorations of religious themes and southern racial issues, and for combining the comic with the tragic. After university, she moved to New York where she continued to write. In 1952 she learned that she was dying of lupus, a disease which had afflicted her father. For the rest of her life, she and her mother lived on the family dairy farm, Andalusia, outside Millidgeville, Georgia. For pleasure she raised peacocks, pheasants, swans, geese, chickens and Muscovy ducks. She was a good amateur painter. Her Complete Stories was awarded the Best of the National Book Awards by Americas National Book Foundation in 2009.