““The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.””

Flannery O ‘Connor 1925-1964
A novelist, short story writer and essayist, Flannery was a consummate writer and correspondent. She published two novels Wise Blood and The Violent Bear it Anyway and two collections of short stories (one published posthumously). Flannery never married or had children but found companionship in her many friends; writing one particular friend a letter a week for over a decade. Her prose is filled with meaning and symbolism but is considered controversial for depicting violence, grotesqueness, and the horrors inherent in life. She has unapologetically said of her writing, “I am not afraid that the book will be controversial, I'm afraid it will not be controversial.” She died at age 39 of systemic lupus erythematosus.