Mary Flannery O’Connor (March 25, 1925 – died of Lupus August 3, 1964)
“I couldn’t make any judgment on the Summa [Theologica], except to say this: I read it every night before I go to bed. If my mother were to come in during the process and say, “Turn off that light. It’s late,” I with lifted finger and broad, bland, beatific expression, would reply, “On the contrary, I answer that the light, being eternal and limitless, cannot be turned off.
‘Shut your eyes,’ ” or some such thing.
In any case I feel I can personally guarantee that St. Thomas loved God because for the life of me I cannot help loving St. Thomas.”
— Flannery O’Connor, The Habit of Being
- Wise Blood, 1952
- The Violent Bear It Away, 1960
Short story collections
- A Good Man Is Hard to Find, 1955
- Everything That Rises Must Converge, 1965
- The Complete Stories, 1971 —National Book Award
- Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose, 1969
- The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O’Connor, 1979
- The Presence of Grace: and Other Book Reviews, 1983
- Flannery O’Connor: Collected Works, 1988
- A Prayer Journal, edited by W. A. Sessions, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013