The impact of an author’s life on their writing is vast. Many people do not see the large influence of an author’s childhood on their writings, but it plays a major role. The life of Flannery O’Connor is no exception to this. The great Catholic lifestyle of her parents helped persuade her writing of, “A Good Man is Hard to Find.”
Flannery O’Connor is regarded as one of the greatest supporters of Roman Catholic writings in the twentieth century. O’Connor was born in Savannah on March 25th, 1925 and her parents were very devout Catholics. She was raised to always live the Catholic lifestyle. O’Connor was educated at a local parochial school, and after moving to Milledgeville, she continued her education at Peabody Laboratory School. Devastation struck when she lost her father to Lupus Erythematosus. She was only fifteen years old, and little did she know, this disease would end up killing her several years later. After the loss of her father, O’Connor decided to go to Georgia State College for Women and take an accelerated three-year program (Gordon 1).
While attending Georgia State College, O’Connor was editor of the college’s magazine, as well as the campus cartoonist. She drew cartoons for many campus events, like the campus newspaper, yearbook, the walls in the student lounge, and the campus magazine. She showed her love for satire and comedy by writing fiction, essays, and poems for the campus magazine, the Corinthian. She is most remembered by her classmates at Georgia State College for her shyness and humor (Gordon 1).
In 1945, Flannery O’Connor transferred to the University of Iowa after receiving a scholarship for journalism. After a few months, she realized journalism was not her dream. She talked to Paul Engle who was the head of a Writers’ Workshop and entered into the creative writing master’s program. O’Connor got to know Robert Penn Warren, John Crowe Ransom, Austin Warren, and Andrew Lytle. They are some of the major writers who taught in the programs at the University of Iowa. Andrew Lytle became one of the first to like the writings of Flannery O’Connor, and mentored her. Because he was the editor of the Sewanne Review, Lytle published many of O’Connor’s stories, along with some critical reviews of her stories (Gordon 1).
Paul Engle was one of the first people to read the first drafts of Wise Blood, O’Connor’s first novel. She won the Rinehart-Iowa Fiction award for this first novel of hers, and was accepted at yaddo. Yaddo is a retreat for artists in Saratoga Springs, New York. She became close friends with Robert Lowell at there. After many months at Yaddo, she moved into the garage apartment of Sally and Robert Fitzgerald. She lived in this Ridgefield, Connecticut apartment for about two years (Gordon 1).
In 1950, Flannery O’Connor was diagnosed with lupus. This was an incurable disease, which could only be treated by the use of steroid drugs. She survived the first serious outbreak of...