An American writer of Southern Gothic fiction, O'Connor is known for her 1952 novel, Wise Blood, and for her 1955 short story collection, A Good Man Is Hard to Find. She was the 1972 recipient of the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction.
She attended the prestigious Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa.
She was diagnosed with lupus in 1951 and was given only five years to live; however, she lived another fourteen.
She was born in Savannah, Georgia and grew up as the only child of Regina Cline and Edward O'Connor.
She and Walker Percy were both Southern Gothic writers.