Fiction operates through the senses and I think one reason that people.
find it so difficult to write stories is that they forget how much time.
and patience is required to convince through the senses.".
BIOGRAPHICAL ESSAYMore than thirty years after her death at age thirty-nine,.
Flannery O'Connor is considered one of the great writers of the twentieth.
century. Although she wrote just two short novels and about thirty stories,.
O'Connor's originality set her fiction apart. A Roman Catholic who was.
born and raised in the Protestant South, O'Connor wrote mostly about poor,.
white Southerners undergoing struggles of faith and belief. Always present.
in her stories is a dual sense of evil and divinity, capturing both the.
reality of human weakness and the redemptive power of God's grace. O'Connor'.
s stories, written in simple, unadorned language, portray conflicts experienced.
by bizarre, strange, and often deformed characters. .
Wins fellowship .
O'Connor was born on March 25, 1925, in Savannah, Georgia, the daughter.
of Edward Francis O'Connor, a real estate broker, and Regina Cline O'Connor.
She lived in the city until she was thirteen when her parents moved to.
Milledgeville, a small farming town. A few years later, her father died.
of a disease of the immune system known as lupus erythematosus. After graduating.
from Peabody High School in 1942, O'Connor attended Georgia State College.
for Women, where she drew illustrations for the school newspaper and yearbook.
and edited The Corinthian, a literary magazine. After graduating from Georgia.
State (now Georgia College) in 1945, she won a fellowship to the University.
of Iowa Writers' Workshop in Iowa City. Her first short story, "The Geranium,".
was published in 1946, the year before she graduated from Iowa with a masters.
of fine arts degree. From 1948 to 1949 she lived at Yaddo, a writers colony.
located in Saratoga Springs, New York. .
Diagnosed with lupus .
In the fall of 1949 O'Connor moved to Connecticut as a boarder at the.