Flannery O’ Connor was a Southern author who “wrote during a time of great social change, those changes- and the relationships among blacks and whites- were not at the center of her fiction.” (New, n.pg). She was a very spiritual person whose faith shined through her works. She was said to be one of the strongest apologists for Roman Catholicism in the twentieth century. “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, is an example of how she “consciously intended to underscore bolding one’s common sinfulness and need for divine grace.” (New, n.pg). Flannery O’ Connor wrote “A Good Man is Hard to Find” for an audience who did not share her belief in the fall of humanity and its need for redemption.
Flannery O’ Connor was born on March 25, 1925, in Savannah, Georgia. Her parents, Regina Cline and Edward F. O’ Connor, were descendants from two of Georgia’s oldest Catholic families. She began her education in the Savannah’s parochial schools but moved to her mother’s hometown, Milledgeville, in 1938. In Milledgeville, Flannery attended the Peabody Laboratory School that was associated with Georgia State College for Women. Today, Georgia State College for Women is called Georgia College and State University. At 15 years old and as an only child, Flannery lost her father due to systemic lupus erythematosus. Being as close as she was to her father, she decided to remain in Milledgeville and attend Georgia State College for Women as a day student in an accelerated three-year program. (New, n.pg)
While attending Georgia State College for Women, Flannery served as editor of the college’s literary magazine, Corinthian. She also had the unofficial job as campus cartoonist. “Before devoting herself to writing, she considered a career as a cartoonist.” (Flannery, n.pg). “O'Connor provided cartoons for nearly every issue of the campus newspaper, for the college yearbook, and for the Corinthian, as well as for the walls of the student lounge.” (New, n.pg) She graduated from Georgia State College for Women with a social science major and a number of courses in English (New, n.pg).
“After graduating, she received a scholarship in 1945, from the State University of Iowa (now the University of Iowa). The scholarship was for journalism, but during her first term she decided that journalism was not her métier and sought out the head of the now world-famous Writers’ Workshop, Paul Engle.” (New, n.pg). Flannery asked Engle if she might enter the master's program in creative writing and he agreed. Engle believed that Flannery was the most gifted writer he had ever taught and was the first to read and comment on the initial drafts of what would become Wise Blood, her first novel, published in 1952. (New, n.pg).
O’ Connor’s master’s thesis for the Writers’ Workshop was a collection of short stories entitled The Geranium, which was her first published work in Accent. She received her degree of Master of Fine Arts in Literature the following year, 1947. (New, n.pg). “Following her...