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Flannery O'Connor: The Spring Hill College Connection: Flannery O'Connor's Life

Flannery O'Connor LibGuide by student Cecilia Dupepe

Who was Flannery O'Connor?

Mary Flannery O'Connor was one of America's most famous Southern Gothic writers. She wrote two novels and thirty-two short stories, as well as a multitude of lectures, reviews, letters, and articles. O'Connor's most famous stories are Wise Blood, "A Good Man is Hard to Find," "Good Country People," and many more. O'Connor was a devout Catholic, and her religion is a backbone in almost all of her fiction. She was also a sufferer of the autoimmune disease Lupus, which had an impact on social life and her writing. Her stories are known for their weird plots, dark characters, and overarching themes of grace, religion, evilness, and racism. Although O'Connor died in 1964, her legacy lives on as one of the greatest female writers America has ever seen. 

Andalusia Farm- The O'Connor Home

In 1951, Flannery O'Connor moved with her mother to her famous and final home at Andalusia Farm in Milledgeville, Georgia. Andalusia Farm has now been converted into a museum about O'Connor's life. Check out their website below for upcoming events, tours of the farm, and more resources on O'Connor and her family. 

Biographies of O'Connor in Burke Library

This is a short list of some of the full length biographies that are available on Flannery O'Connor. All are available through Burke Memorial Library, either through physical books or eBooks. Article length autobiographies, as well as books that have smaller sections written about O'Connor, are also available. These can be found by searching for "Flannery O'Connor Biography" on Burke Memorial Library's website.

More Research Guides about O'Connor

There are many great resources out there to go into much further detail about Flannery O'Connor's Life. Some of these links lead to research guides from other libraries, whereas others lead to websites that provide good compilations of O'Connor resources. Perhaps the most important of these research guides is one on Flannery O'Connor at Ina Dillard Russel Library at Georgia College (O'Connor's Alma Mater). They have outstanding physical resources in person in their archives, but the link to their research guide is listed below.