Flannery O'Connor
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"Mary Flannery O'Connor" was an American writer and essayist. An important voice in American literature, she wrote two novels and 32 short stories, as well as a number of reviews and commentaries. She was a Southern literature/Southern writer who often wrote in a Southern Gothic style and relied heavily on regional settings and grotesque characters. Her writing also reflected her own Catholic Church/Roman Catholic faith, and frequently examined questions of morality and ethics.

O'Conner's Complete Stories won the 1972 U.S. National Book Award for Fiction and was named the "Best of the National Book Awards" by internet visitors in 2009.

As part of the Fiction Award's 60th anniversary celebration, writers associated with the National Book Foundation composed a ballot of the best six of 77 winning books—77 because a few awards were split and there were multiple fiction categories for several years in the 1980s.

[http://www.nationalbook.org/nba2009_60thanniversary.html "A Celebration of the 60th National Book Awards"] (2009 online poll). National Book Foundation: Awards: Best of the NBAs Fiction. Retrieved 2012-03-30.

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