Biography and History

Mary Flannery O'Connor (March 25, 1925 - August 3, 1964) was a Southern novelist and storywriter, born in Savannah, Georgia. Her father had lupus, and the disease was hereditary in the O'Connor family. In 1951, after being diagnosed with lupus herself, she returned to her ancestral farm in Milledgeville. There she raised and nurtured some 100 peafowl. Fascinated by birds of all kinds, she raised ducks, hens, geese, swans, and any sort of exotic bird she could obtain, and she incorporated images of peacocks often in her work. O'Connor authored two novels and 31 short stories, as well as a number of reviews and commentaries, including Wise Blood (novel, 1952), The Violent Bear it Anyway (novel, 1960), and A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories (1955). Everything That Rises Must Converge (stories) was published posthumously in 1965.

Source: From the finding aid for C1150