Mary Flannery O'Connor, 1925 - 1964

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Born: 25 March 1925, Savannah, Georgia
Died: 3 August 1964, Milledgeville, Georgia

O'Connor's parents came from two wealthy Catholic families but she lived most of her life in the "Bible Belt". The family moved to a farm at Milledgeville in 1938, two years later she lost her father to lupus, the disease she would later suffer from. There she attended Peabody Laboratory School, graduating in 1942, she followed an accelerated program at Georgia State College for Women, graduating in 1945, then won a journalism scholarship at the State University of Iowa but soon transferred to the now-famous Iowa Writers' Workshop. She was living in Connecticut when she was diagnosed with lupus and given five years to live. She returned to Georgia and held out for fourteen years, writing every day (two novels and three short story collections) and corresponding with both well-known writers and many who wanted to become writers. She raised a variety of domestic birds but was partial to peafowl, having over a hundred of them. During the last eight years of her life she also was a reviewer for the magazine of the Roman Catholic diocese, about a hundred serious theological books were covered and the reviews were well regarded.

Biography from Wikipedia and the New Georgia Encyclopedia

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