Flannery O'Connor: Comparison Between Three Short Stories and The Meaning of Nature and Grace

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Mary Flannery O'Connor was a tremendously influential writer of her time and her legacy will continue forever. She was a very intellectual woman and she wrote in such a way that was profound in text, meaning, and hidden significances:

Mary Flannery O'Connor was born in Savannah, Georgia on March 25, 1925, and died of lupus in Milledgeville, Georgia on August 3, 1964. In these 39 years, she contributed a brief, powerful canon (two novels, thirty-two short stories, plus reviews and commentaries) that is still studied, and O'Connor is considered to be one of the most important voices in American literature. (www.atlantagames.com/south/dixie/flannery.htm)

Mary Flannery O'Connor was not just a writer, but she was a very intelligent writer and was upheld and respected by everyone because of this. She was educated all the way to college graduate level:

Flannery O'Connor's education included Georgia State College for Women (now Georgia College), A.B., 1945 and State University of Iowa, M.F.A.,

1947 (www.atlantagames.com/south/dixie/flannery.htm)

O'Connor's schooling was an important part of her life as well as her career as a writer. It was the key factor in preparation for her many accomplishments. As a result of all of her schooling, Mary Flannery O'Connor was given many awards and honors throughout her lifetime:

Flannery O'Connor received many awards and honors throughout her lifetime. Of the many were the Kenyon Review fellowship in fiction, 1953, National Institute of Arts and Letters grant in literature, 1957, First Prize, O Henry Memorial Awards for "Greenleaf" in 1957, for "Everything That Rises Must Converge" in 1963, and for "Revelation" in 1965. Also amongst the many awards were Litt. D., St. Mary's College in 1962, Litt. D., Smith College in 1963, Henry H. Bellaman Foundation special award in 1964, and The National Book Award for The Complete Stories in 1972. In accordance...