"The saints died for God and God died for the dead. They didn’t have to submit to God’s indignity. No one can do again what Christ did." — Flannery O'Connor.
Mary Flannery O'Connor was a Catholic, and an author of singular importance of the 20th century. Her short stories and novels nearly defined the term 'Southern gothic," for their depictions of damaged and delugional characters, evil, faith, race relations, and redemption with a backdrop of O'Connor's native South. Her Complete Stories won the 1972 National Book Award for Fiction. O'Connor write two novels, Wise Blood and The Violent Bear it Away, as well as numerous reviews of theological books. She was the first writer of the 20th century to have her works included in the Library of America. Born in 1925, she died in 1964 at the age of 39 of complications of lupus. She was buried in her native Georgia.