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Flannery O'Connor

Updated on March 29, 2012

Flannery O'Connor - A Legendary American Author

Flannery O'Connor was an American author, born in Savannah, Georgia. Her work, considered the classic Southern Gothic genre, has influenced authors, artists, and musicians.

O'Connor, best known for her short stories, also wrote two novels Wise Blood (1952) and The Violent Bear It Away (1960); essays; novels of short story collections; and commentaries.

O'Connor never married or had children. She died in 1964, at the young age of 39, from family-inherited Lupus (as had O'Connor's father when she was fifteen years old).

O'Connor's work explored a Christian understanding of human nature. She exposed her characters' nature in themes of good versus evil in violent situations and consequences. Her work became more widely understood after her death; critics realized the violent work, not simply gore without purpose, led to revelations for her characters (and readers) .

Hope you enjoy the lens! I've listed her work, videos of her work, people influenced by Flannery O'connor, and people she was influenced by. It's amazing to see the number of artists and singers who have been influenced by this American author.

:: Photo of Flannery O'Connor with her first novel, Wise Blood.
Photo credit ~ Eastern Illinois University. ::

The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.

Quote by Flannery O'Connor

Where there is no belief in the soul there is very little drama. Either one is serious about salvation or one is not. And it is well to realize that the maximum amount of seriousness admits the maximum amount of comedy. Only if we are secure in our beliefs can we see the comical side of the universe

Quote by Flannery O'Connor

Flannery O'Connor Video

A video farewell to Flannery O'Connor. Great photos and work by O'Connor set to music. Enjoy! It's a wonderful tribute to this legendary author!

Films Based On O'Connor's Stories

Film adaptations were based on the following stories by O'Connor.

A Circle in the Fire

The Comforts of Home

The Displaced Person

Good Country People

The River

Wise Blood

The Life You Save

If you'd like more info on the films, check out Georgia College and State University Library Collections for each film's year, description and call number for access to these works.

Read and Watch Wise Blood

Wise Blood [VHS]
Wise Blood [VHS]

Wise Blood, DVD. Movie based on O'Connor's novel of the same name.

Wise Blood: A Novel (FSG Classics)
Wise Blood: A Novel (FSG Classics)

One of the two novels written by Flannery O'Connor.


Flannery O'Connor Favorites

Have you read Flannery O'Connor's work?

If you haven't, here are some great books, written by Flannery O'Connor. To learn more about O'Connor, check out the books about her work.

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There's many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.

Quote by Flannery O'Connor

Flannery O'Connor Short Story Award

From the University of Georgia Press: "Nearly fifty short-story collections have appeared in the Flannery O'Connor Award series, which was established to encourage gifted emerging writers by bringing their work to a national readership. The first prize-winning book was published in 1983; the award has since become an important proving ground for writers and a showcase for the talent and promise that have brought about a resurgence in the short story as a genre. Winners are selected through an annual competition that attracts as many as three hundred manuscripts.

Winners of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction include such widely read authors as Ha Jin, Antonya Nelson, Rita Ciresi, and Mary Hood."

The Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction

These authors are winners! Their stories earned The Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction.

Who was Influenced by Flannery O'Connor?

Flannery O'Connor has shaped the work of many: Artists of all kinds tell of her influence on their work.

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      6 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this. I have to look for her work.

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      Laraine Sims 

      10 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Another author I have to put on my list of "To Read". Great lens. 5 stars, favorite and lensrolled to my lenses.

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      11 years ago

      Very informative. You have done an outstanding tribute to Flannery O'Connor.




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