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Mary Flannery O’Connor was born in Savannah Georgia on March 25, 1925. She began her education in the city’s parochial schools. At the age of 15, O’Connor lost her Father to Lupus, she was devastated but continued on to college in an accelerated three year program. O’Connor was an avid reader and artist, she contributed fiction, essays, and occasional poems to the Corinthian College, demonstrating early on her penchant for satire and comedy. Many of her classmates remember her as being very gifted but shy. In 1945 O’Connor received a scholarship in journalism from the State University of Iowa (now the University of Iowa). In her first term, she decided that journalism was not her metier and sought out Paul Engle, head of the now world-famous Writers’ Workshop, to ask if she might enter the master’s program in creative writing. Engle agreed, and O’Connor is now numbered among the many fine American writers who are graduates of the Iowa program. Following the completion of her M.F.A. in 1947, O’Connor won the Rinehart-Iowa Fiction Award for a first novel (for her submission of a portion of Wise Blood) and was accepted at Yaddo, an artists’ retreat in Saratoga Springs, New York. According to LitFinder Contemporary Collection, Gale, 2007, O’Conner was raised in a devout Roman Catholic family, which was an anomaly in the American South. As you read her stories most all of them were set in Southern towns. Her writings were interrupted when she was stricken with Lupus in 1950, she soon became Isolated by poor health and moved back to her Mothers dairy farm in Georgia. She devoted a good part of her day writing.   Consumed of Catholic Faith, Flannery O’Connor authored thirty- two short stories, two novels and published several reviews and commentaries.(“Flannery O’Connor.” LitFinder Contemporary Collection, Gale, 2007. LitFinder, db12.linccweb.org/login?url=http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?p=LITF&sw=w&u=lincclin_ircc&v=2.1&id=GALE%7CLTF0000052465BI&it=r&asid=42db56e8ae27cd9a7dbb0129c42e43b9)

 In 2013, Casey Cep published an article in the New Yorker entitled “Inheritance and Invention: Flannery O’Connor’s Prayer Journal” this journal contained her prayers  during January, 1946, through September, 1947, showing the overall thematic of her writings. “Please let Christian principles permeate my writing and please let there be enough of my writing (published) for Christian principals to permeate. I dread, Oh Lord, losing my faith. My mind is not strong. It is prey to all sorts of intellectual quackery”. That entry in her journal captures the understanding of her writings for both good and evil. (Robinson, Marilynne. “The Believer.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 16 Nov. 2013, http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/17/books/review/flannery-oconnors-prayer-journal.html. )According to New Georgia Encyclopedia, O’Connor published her first novel “Wise Blood” at the age of 27.(Gordon, Sarah. “Flannery O’Connor (1925-1964).” New Georgia Encyclopedia, NGE Staff , 7 Oct. 2002, www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/articles/arts-culture/flannery-oconnor-1925-1964)

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