Cline Family Home in Milledgeville
Photo by Karen Robinson
1925: Mary Flannery O’Connor is born in Savannah on March 25.
1938: Her father moves family (O’Connor is an only child) to Atlanta for his new job; a few months later she and her mother move to Milledgeville.
1941: Her father dies of lupus.
1942: O’Connor graduates from Peabody High School, a laboratory (or teaching) school affiliated with GSCW. In the fall, she enrolls in Georgia State College for Women (GSCW, now Georgia College and State University).
1943: She publishes poetry and short stories in The Corinthian, a literary magazine of the college.
1945: O’Connor graduates with a major in Sociology. In the fall, she begins graduate study in journalism on a scholarship at the State University of Iowa (now University of Iowa). Soon thereafter, she transfers into an MFA program in the prestigious Writers’ Workshop at the same school.
1947: Her story, "The Turkey," is published in Mademoiselle. She wins the Rinehart-Iowa Fiction Award for an early (partial) draft of Wise Blood.
1948: O’Connor receives her Master of Fine Arts degree and moves to Yaddo Artist’s Colony in New York.
1951: She is diagnosed with lupus and undergoes a blood transfusion. As a result, she relocates to Andalusia to live with her mother.
1952: Her first novel, Wise Blood, is published. She begins to paint, inspired by her farm surroundings. After receiving more blood transfusions, she spends six weeks in bed.
1955: She publishes her first short-story collection, A Good Man is Hard to Find.
1957: O’Connor completes her story "A View of the Woods."
1958: Following her mother’s urging, she travels to Europe and is blessed by Pope Pius XII.
1959: She completes the first draft of her novel The Violent Bear it Away.
1960: The Violent Bear it Away is published and she is invited to speak at Wesleyan College in Macon. Her lecture is entitled "Some Aspects of the Grotesque in Southern Fiction."
1963: O’Connor wins the O. Henry Award for her story "Everything That Rises Must Converge."
1964: O’Connor undergoes surgery for a fibroid tumor, which reactivates her lupus. She is bedridden and weak and slips into a coma on August 2, dying of kidney failure within 24 hours thereafter.
1965: Her second collection of short stories, Everything that Rises Must Converge, is published posthumously.
1969: Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose, edited by Sally and Robert Fitzgerald, is published.
1971: Complete Stories is published.
1979: The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O’Connor, edited by Sally Fitzgerald, is published. For a brief biography, visit the Flannery
For a brief biography, visit the Flannery O’Connor-Andalusia Foundation website:
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