Flannery’s Legacy

“As for biographies, there won’t be any biographies of me because, for only one reason, lives spent between the house and the chicken yard do not make exciting copy.” ~ Flannery O’Connor
Letter to “A” July 5, 1958. O’Connor, Flannery. The Habit of Being. Letters edited and with an introduction by Sally Fitzgerald. New York – Farrar, Straus, & Giroux.

Flannery’s Legacy

Fifty years after her death, Georgia native Flannery O’Connor continues to make an impact on the land of the living through the stories she wrote and the story of the life she led. O’Connor’s two novels, thirty-two short stories and thirty-nine years on earth continue to influence storytellers in a variety of genres ranging from literary scholars to playwrights to rock stars to late night comedians.

Here is a selection of famous and creative people influenced by Flannery O’Connor:

  • Truman Capote (author)
  • Joyce Carol Oates (author)
  • Alice Walker (author and fellow Georgia native)
  • Tommy Lee Jones (actor and director)
  • Conan O’Brien (comedian)
  • Coen brothers (moviemakers)
  • Quentin Tarantino (moviemaker)
  • Producers of the television show Lost
  • Bruce Springsteen (singer)
  • Bono (singer)

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