Friday, June 5, 2015
The United States Postal Service is honoring the author, Flannery O'Connor [1925-1964], with the issuance of its 30th stamp in the Literary Arts series. First Day Covers of the commemorative will be available June 5, 2015. The watercolor portrait of O'Connor is based on a black-and-white photograph taken while she was a student at the Georgia State College for Women.
O'Connor subsequently earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop in 1947. One of her acerbic observations--about academia--is recorded on a plaque along Iowa City's Literary Walk: "Everywhere I go, I'm asked if I think the universities stifle writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them."
Among O'Connor's major works are the novels Wise Blood and The Violent Bear It Away, as well as the short story collections A Good Man Is Hard to Find, Everything That Rises Must Converge, and The Complete Stories of Flannery O'Connor, for which she was posthumously awarded the National Book Award for Fiction in 1972.