USPS issued a postage stamp honouring Flannery O’Connor (1925–1964), an American writer and essayist.
She is considered one of America’s greatest fiction writers and one of the strongest apologists for Roman Catholicism in the twentieth century.
The color portrait on this stamp, a watercolor painting completed digitally, is based on a black-and-white photograph taken when O’Connor was a student at the Georgia State College for Women from 1942 to 1945. Surrounding O’Connor are peacock feathers, a symbol often associated with the author.
Flannery O’Connor was an important voice in American literature, she wrote two novels and 32 short stories, as well as a number of reviews and commentaries.
Born in Savannah, Georgia, Flannery O’Connor is considered one of the greatest short story writers of the 20th century. She faced some hardships growing up, losing her father as a teenager; he died of systemic lupus erythematosus.
Early on, Flannery O’Connor demonstrated her literary talents for school publications. Studying at what is now the University of Iowa for a master’s degree, O’Connor’s first story, “The Geranium,” was published in 1946. She had also begun what was to be first novel, Wise Blood, published in 1952.
O’Connor was best-known, however, for her short stories, which appeared in several collections, including A Good Man Is Hard To Find and Other Stories (1955) and Everything That Rises Must Converge (1965).
O’Connor’s Complete Stories won the 1972 U.S. National Book Award for Fiction and was named the “Best of the National Book Awards” by internet visitors in 2009.
The Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, named in honor of O’Connor by the University of Georgia Press, is a prize given annually to an outstanding collection of short stories.
O’Connor was the first fiction writer born in the twentieth century to have her works collected and published by the Library of America.
After battling lupus, an autoimmune disease, for more than a decade, Flannery O’Connor died on August 3, 1964, in Milledgeville, Georgia. For her work, she received many honors, including an O. Henry Award in 1957 and the National Book Award in 1972.
Title: Flannery O’Connor
Date of Issue: 5 June 2015
Source: US Postal Service
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