On March 25, 1925 one of the greatest American short story writers was brought into the world. An only child, Mary Flannery O’Connor was born in Savannah, Georgia to Regina Cline and Edward O’Connor. O’Connor was very close to her father and when she was sixteen he was diagnosed with disseminated lupus, a disease that was untreatable at that time. She was devastated when he died soon after being diagnosed.
In 1942 O’Connor enrolled in a three year accelerated program at Georgia State College for Women. While there, she became very well-known as a cartoonist for the campus literary magazine, newspaper, and yearbook. She went on to graduate school at the University of Iowa where took part in the creative writing program and earned a master’s degree in fine arts. It was at the University of Iowa that O’Connor published her first short stories. “Her master’s thesis, “The Geranium: A Collection of Six Stories,” led to her receipt of the Rinehart-Iowa fiction prize” says Boswell and Roll...
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