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Flannery O'Connor's writing career began in the mid twentieth century and was interrupted far too soon by her illness and premature death. Her short stories (two volumes) and two novels or novellas spring from an ultimately faith-based vision of human evil and the power of grace, and represent a unique vision of narrow, old-fashioned life in the American South.
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25 March 1925 FOC was born at Savannah, Georgia ('a classic Southern city'), only child of Regina Lucille (Cline) and Edward Francis O'Connor. They moved to Milledgeville when her father was diagnosed with lupus erythematosus, which struck her too at twenty-five and finally killed her. Bibliographic Citation link.
6 June 1955 FOC collected a volume of her short stories under the title A Good Man is Hard to Find, which deals, she said, with original sin. British publication followed three weeks later. Bibliographic Citation link.
3 August 1964 FOC, having been rushed to hospital by ambulance the day before, died very early in the morning of kidney failure brought on by lupus erythematosus. Bibliographic Citation link.
April 1965 FOC's second volume of stories, Everything that Rises Must Converge, was her final, posthumous book. It pursues the theme of "the action of grace on a character who is not very willing to support it." Bibliographic Citation link.
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