Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964) examined life through the lens of her Roman Catholic faith – she never tried to hide it, and in fact emphasized her strong viewpoint through her fiction. She made a serious name for Christian fiction and for women writers through her strong prose. As a Southern writer a lot of her work was grotesque, dealing with the freakish in human nature. She once wrote: "Whenever I'm asked why Southern writers particularly have a penchant for writing about freaks, I say it is because we are still able to recognize one." Her "Complete Stories" won the National Book Award for Fiction posthumously in 1972. Here are 10 quotes from this groundbreaking author.
“All human nature vigorously resists grace because grace changes us and the change is painful.”
― The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O'Connor
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