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A Southern American novelist and short story writer Miss O Connors career spanned the 1950s and early 60s a time when the South was dominated by Protestant Christians OConnor was born and raised Catholic She was a fundamentalist and a Christian moralist whose powerful apocalyptic fiction is focused in the South Flannery OConnor was born March 25 1925 in Savannah Georgia O Connor grew up on a farm with her parents Regina and Edward O Connor At the age of five she taught a chicken to walk backwards OConnor attended Georgia State College for women now Georgia College in Milledgeville majoring in sociology She had showed a gift for satirical writing as well as cartooning since she was a child By the end of her undergraduate education OConnor knew that writing was her true passion She spent two years at the prestigious School for Writers at the State University of Iowa on scholarship receiving a masters degree of fine arts in 1947 Candee 318 In 1950 she had a near fatal attack of systemic lupus erythematosus SLE a chronic inflammatory connective tissue disorder that causes periods of joint pain and fatigue and can attack the hearts lungs and kidneys Her father died of the disease when she was fifteen Blythe 49 OConnor would have to walk with crutches for the rest of her life By her death at the age of 39 Flannery OConnor won a prominent place in modern American literature She was an anomaly among post-World War II writers a Roman Catholic from the BibleBelt South whose stated purpose was to reveal the mystery of Gods grace in everyday life Aware that few readers shared her faith OConnor chose to depict salvation through shocking often violent action upon characters who were spiritually or physically grotesque Ryiley 334 Flannery OConnors significance as a writer is her original use of religion Like no other short story writer she dramatizes religious themes in her fiction
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