Flannery: A Life (2009) It's hard to believe, but this is the first major biography of the Georgia- born-and-bred Flannery O'Connor, who brought to life a bedraggled collection of… 2009-02-25 Biography Nonfiction Little Brown & Company
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Flannery: A Life (2009)

Flannery: A Life by Brad Gooch
Flannery: A Life by Brad Gooch
EW's GRADE
A

Details Release Date: Feb 25, 2009; Writer: Brad Gooch; Genres: Biography, Nonfiction; Publisher: Little Brown & Company

It's hard to believe, but this is the first major biography of the Georgia-
born-and-bred Flannery O'Connor, who brought 
to life a bedraggled collection of Southern misfits in dark, 
savage, sometimes deeply funny 
novels and stories like Wise Blood and 
''A Good Man Is Hard to Find.'' (''When I'm asked why Southern writers have a penchant for writing about freaks, 
I say it's because we are still able to recognize one,'' she once said.) Diagnosed at 25 with lupus, O'Connor worked urgently, almost frantically, 
until her death at 39, churning out one critically acclaimed book after another. Thanks to Brad Gooch's Flannery: A Life, she emerges once again, as quirky, passionate, and 
tart-tongued as ever. A

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