July 28, 2015

Renowned author, uncompromisingly Catholic: Flannery O’Connor chosen for new postage stamp

By Mary Rezac, CNA

Award-winning American author and devout Roman Catholic Flannery O’Connor will appear on a new postage stamp this summer, the U.S. postal service announced last week. The stamp is decorated with peacock feathers, a tribute to the family peacock farm in Georgia where O’Connor did much of her writing.

Famous for her Southern Gothic fiction style, O’Connor’s best-known works include her first novel, “Wise Blood”, and many short stories such as “A Good Man is Hard to Find.” A collection of her works, “The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor,” won the 1972 National Book Award for fiction and was named the Best of the National Book Awards, 1950-2008 by a public vote.

The author was born in 1925, the only child to devout Roman Catholic parents living in the heart of the Protestant “Bible Belt” in Savannah, Georgia.  O’Connor went to school at Georgia State College for Women, then to the Iowa Writers Workshop, and finally to New York to study and work on her writing.

However, at the age of 25, a diagnosis of lupus forced O’Connor to return home to her family’s farm in Andalusia, Georgia, where she lived out her days caring for animals, going to church, and writing.

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