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This Day in Georgia History

March 25, 1925

Flannery O’Connor Born

To view an image of Flannery O’Connor, see the Digital Library of Georgia.

Noted writer Flannery O’Connor was born in Savannah. She later attended Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville, graduating in 1945. In 1947, O’Connor obtained her Master of Fine Arts degree from the State University of Iowa, then moved to New York, where she lived in an artists’ retreat. In 1950, O’Connor was stricken with lupus, the same disease that killed her father. Her widely acclaimed first novel – Wise Blood – was published in 1952. For the rest of her brief life, she would battle her disease while continuing to write. A Good Man is Hard to Find, a collection of short stories, was published in 1955. Her second novel, The Violent Bear it Away, was published in 1960. She had completed the stories for another collection when she died in Milledgeville on August 3, 1964 at age 39. This collection was published posthumously as Everything That Rises Must Converge. In 1971 her collected works - The Complete Stories - won the National Book Award.