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The world today has mysterious ways of working its magic The world was blessed when Flannery OConnor was born in Savannah Georgia on March 25 1925 Flannery OConnor was the only child of Edward Francis OConnor and Regina Cline OConnor After graduation from Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville in 1945 she went to Iowa City and became a graduate student in the Writers Workshop at the State University of Iowa OConnor wrote a few stories that came to success one in particular was Wise Blood Flannery OConnor soon discovered that she had contracted lupus erythematosus This chronic disease is known to affect different parts of the body including skin joints blood and kidneys The disease lowers the bodys immune system and this allows unhealthy bacteria into the body The doctors thought it would be best for her if she moved back home At most they thought she might have three years left At the end of three years she had written nine short stories that displayed her talent to the world Robert Fitzgerald put forth his opinion of Flannery OConnor in his introduction to Everything That Rises Must Converge by writing the disease Lupus did not capture her spirit of writing of her messages she wanted to send across 25 In those stories OConnor put forth many talents that aspiring authors strive to have Flannery OConnor has few talents in her stories that reflect her home life and the way she herself dealt with conflicts in her life David S Cunningham writes that The Souths identity results from beliefs and qualities absorbed from the scriptures and from her the Souths own history of defeat and violationCunningham 4th pg OConnor contributed to the identity of the South by the intelligence of her writing But of course the South was indeed taken aback once they started to read OConnors stories OConnor had a habit of involving uncanny characters in her stories and has the
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