Georgia native Flannery O’Connor (1925-1964) stands as an icon of southern literature. Known for her short stories that explore the darker side of humanity, Flannery’s work is a testament to her unique artistic voice. Her Southern Gothic prose is known for its themes of guilt and redemptions, and stories like “The Life You Save May Be Your Own” and “A Good Man is Hard to Find” have had far-reaching influence on other artists such as Ralph Eugene Meatyard. She raised birds throughout her life, keeping chickens (including one that famously walked backward), turkeys, geese, ducks, pheasants, quail and peacocks.
This piece originally appeared in the April 2015 online issue of Paprika Southern
Words by Bevin Valentine Jalbert / Illustration by Rosie Taylor