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Fiction operates through the senses and I think one reason that people find it so difficult to write stories is that they forget how much time and patience is required to convince through the senses BIOGRAPHICAL ESSAYMore than thirty years after her death at age thirty-nine Flannery OConnor is considered one of the great writers of the twentieth century Although she wrote just two short novels and about thirty stories OConnors originality set her fiction apart A Roman Catholic who was born and raised in the Protestant South OConnor wrote mostly about poor white Southerners undergoing struggles of faith and belief Always present in her stories is a dual sense of evil and divinity capturing both the reality of human weakness and the redemptive power of Gods grace OConnor s stories written in simple unadorned language portray conflicts experienced by bizarre strange and often deformed characters Wins fellowship OConnor was born on March 25 1925 in Savannah Georgia the daughter of Edward Francis OConnor a real estate broker and Regina Cline OConnor She lived in the city until she was thirteen when her parents moved to Milledgeville a small farming town A few years later her father died of a disease of the immune system known as lupus erythematosus After graduating from Peabody High School in 1942 OConnor attended Georgia State College for Women where she drew illustrations for the school newspaper and yearbook and edited The Corinthian a literary magazine After graduating from Georgia State now Georgia College in 1945 she won a fellowship to the University of Iowa Writers Workshop in Iowa City Her first short story The Geranium was published in 1946 the year before she graduated from Iowa with a masters of fine arts degree From 1948 to 1949 she lived at Yaddo a writers colony located in Saratoga Springs New York Diagnosed with lupus
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