Flannery O'Connor


Born
in Savannah, Georgia, The United States
March 25, 1925

Died
August 03, 1964

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Flannery O'Connor was born in Savannah, Georgia, in 1925. When she died at the age of thirty-nine, America lost one of its most gifted writers at the height of her powers. O’Connor wrote two novels, Wise Blood (1952) and The Violent Bear It Away (1960), and two story collections, A Good Man Is Hard to Find (1955) and Everything That Rises Must Converge (1964). Her Complete Stories, published posthumously in 1972, won the National Book Award that year, and in a 2009 online poll it was voted as the best book to have won the award in the contest’s 60-year history. Her essays were published in Mystery and Manners (1969) and her letters in The Habit of Being (1979). In 1988 the Library of America published her Collected Works; she was the first ...more

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The Complete Stories

4.40 avg rating — 36,570 ratings — published 1955 — 37 editions
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A Good Man is Hard to Find ...

4.21 avg rating — 39,954 ratings — published 1955 — 84 editions
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Wise Blood

3.85 avg rating — 27,444 ratings — published 1952 — 429 editions
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Everything That Rises Must ...

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The Violent Bear It Away

4.12 avg rating — 10,857 ratings — published 1960 — 153 editions
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A Good Man Is Hard To Find

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3.91 avg rating — 7,310 ratings — published 1949 — 12 editions
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Collected Works: Wise Blood...

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“The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.”
Flannery O'Connor

“She looked at nice young men as if she could smell their stupidity.”
Flannery O'Connor

“Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them. There's many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.”
Flannery O'Connor

Polls

March 2018 Short Story Poll

 
  67 votes, 19.3%

Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving, 25 pages, 1818
 
  35 votes, 10.1%

 
  35 votes, 10.1%

White Nights by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 82 pages, 1848
 
  34 votes, 9.8%

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, 101 pages, 1952
 
  34 votes, 9.8%

 
  25 votes, 7.2%

 
  21 votes, 6.0%

Chess Story by Stefan Zweig, 104 pages, 1941
 
  20 votes, 5.7%

The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin, 32 pages, 1894
 
  17 votes, 4.9%

Xingu by Edith Wharton, 48 pages, 1916
 
  14 votes, 4.0%

 
  13 votes, 3.7%

To Build a Fire by Jack London, 32 pages, 1902
 
  12 votes, 3.4%

 
  11 votes, 3.2%

 
  10 votes, 2.9%

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