Writer, born in Savannah, Georgia, USA. She studied at the University of Iowa, and was brought up a Roman Catholic in the Bible-belt of the Deep South. Wise Blood (1952), the first of her two novels, is a bizarre tragi-comedy, and its theme of vocation is taken up again in her second, The Violent Bear It Away (1960). Regarded as one of the finest short-story writers of her generation, her collections include A Good Man Is Hard To Find, and Other Stories (1955) and Everything That Rises Must Converge (1965). She was crippled for more than 10 years by lupus erythematosus, from which she died.
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