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Flannery O'Connor Trivia

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Flannery O'Connor's favorite snacks included fried shrimp, peppermint chiffon pie, and Coca-Cola spiked with coffee.16

Flannery O'Connor once gave her mother a mule as a Mother's Day present. Regina O'Connor was a dairy farmer, so it was probably a very practical gift.17

O'Connor was invited to a dinner party at the home of literary critic Mary McCarthy. When McCarthy began talking about Catholic communion wafers as a good symbol of the Holy Ghost, even if she didn't believe in any of its spiritual value, the staunchly Catholic O'Connor retorted, "Well, if it's a symbol, to hell with it."18

O'Connor's close friends, Sally and Robert Fitzgerald, asked her to be a godmother to one of their six children. O'Connor was never able to remember her godchild's name.19

Flannery O'Connor originally wanted to be a cartoonist when she grew up. At Georgia State College for Women, she was a popular cartoonist for campus publications.20

The actor Tommy Lee Jones wrote his thesis at Harvard on Flannery O'Connor.21

O'Connor always felt a connection to birds. As a girl, she sewed clothes for her pet chickens and once taught one how to walk backward.22

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