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Flannery OConnor Early Life Flannery was born on March 25 1925 daughter of Edward F and Regina L OConnor in Savannah Georgia Her parents only child she grew up in their Catholic home in Savannah until she was twelve Baumgaertner 5 At age twelve her family moved from Savannah to Milledgeville the town where her mothers father had been mayor for a number of years In Milledgeville she attended Peabody High School and after graduation enrolled in the Georgia State College for Women Whitt 6 These schools were both only a few blocks from Flannerys childhood home in the antebellum Cline House McKenzie 38 After graduating from Georgia State College for women in 1945 with an AB OConnor furthered her education by attending the University of Iowa Her first short story The Geranium was published at age 21 while attending school in Iowa Liukkonen First Works After receiving her Master of Fine Arts in Literature from the University of Iowa OConnor moved her life to New York While in New York OConnor was able to publish her first Novel Wise Blood The first four chapters appeared in various magazines in 1948 and 1949 In 1952 the entire book was published In 1978 long after OConnors death a screenplay was written from this work Liukkonen Wise Blood was not exactly the work some people were expecting to come from OConnor A cousin of OConnor sent the book to local clergy members prior to reading it and once she read it she felt necessary to send apologies to the same people Starr Wise Blood dealt with a distraught soldier returning from the army and creating a Church without Christ Liukkonen It is very common for a story written by OConnor to have a plot centered on religion As noted by Liukkonen OConnors second novel The Violent Bear it Away 1960 had a related subject matter Influences The reasons a writer chooses a particular style
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