KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY: Department of Theatre and Performance Studies
presents a regional premiere of two Flannery O'Connor stories:
  see press release  

Flannery O’Connor at the autograph party for Wise Blood

in 1952

Courtesy, Flannery O’Connor Collection, GCSU Library



Flannery O'Connor's Farm
Photograph by Nancy Marshall


“FLANNERY O’CONNOR (1925-64) is one of the great American Storytellers, a woman whose brief life was dedicated to the pursuit of her art. […] The here-and-now serves her as an avenue to asking the most compelling questions of our existence, those involving the meaning and purpose of life as viewed under the aspect of eternity” (Gordon xi).


"The fact is that the materials of the fiction writer are the humblest.  Fiction is about everything human and we are made out of dust, and if you scorn yourself getting dusty, then you shouldn't try to write fiction" (O’Connor 68).


“I remember vividly when I was first exposed to Flannery O’Connor— I was just enthralled by her. The main thing for me—the main thing—was that here was somebody from my own home state who had made it big, who had done it, and that was the thing that really struck me first, was that she was a Georgia native just like me ….” (King, Interview).

Click here for interview with KSU Professor David King (pdf)


Works Cited

King, David. Interview. 29 September 2008.

Gordon, Sarah, ed. A Literary Guide to Flannery O’Connor’s Georgia. Athens: U of Georgia P, 2008.

O’Connor, Flannery. Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose. Sally and Robert Fitzgerald, eds. New York: Farrar, 1961.