Happy birthday Flannery O'Connor: 5 of her best short stories
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On what would have been her 94th birthday, today marks a day to acknowledge Mary Flannery O’Connor as one of the top short story writers of the twentieth century. O’Connor was a Georgian novelist and essayist, but it was her short stories that brought her to such critical acclaim throughout both her lifetime and posthumously, with high praise for her sardonic writing style and dramatic plot lines.
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Usually set in the South and focusing on morally flawed characters, O’Connor often also reflected her Roman Catholic faith in her writing. Her short story collection, Complete Stories, won the 1972 U.S. National Book Award for Fiction, published after her long battle with lupus and early death aged 39. Her 32 published stories are probably not for everyone, with their bleak undertones and, more often than not, seeming to include violence and deaths. That said, her writing talent is undeniable. If she is a writer which you have not had much exposure to before, here are five of her best stories to get you started… 1. A Good Man is Hard to Find Perhaps her most well-known out of all her published work, this story focuses on a family on a road trip to East Tennessee with disastrous consequences. It centres around varying moral codes, although its ending and most prominent theme is controversial amongst critics. 2. Good Country People
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