Flannery O’Connor

Flannery O’Connor

The 30th stamp in the Literary Arts series honors Flannery O’Connor (1925-1964), who crafted unsettling and darkly comic stories and novels about the potential for enlightenment and grace in what seem like the worst possible moments.

The color portrait on this stamp, a watercolor painting completed digitally, is based on a black-and-white photograph taken when O’Connor was a student at the Georgia State College for Women from 1942 to 1945. Surrounding O’Connor are peacock feathers, a symbol often associated with the author.

From the escaped convict in her famous story “A Good Man is Hard to Find” to the nihilistic street preacher in her novel Wise Blood, O’Connor populated her fiction with criminals, con artists, misfits, and freaks, and she delighted in confronting readers with a harsh and humbling mirror. “The freak in modern fiction is usually disturbing to us,” she explained, “because he keeps us from forgetting that we share in his state.”

Although O’Connor’s stories frequently culminate in acts of violence, her goal was not merely to be lurid. Instead, she hoped to shock readers toward moral and religious revelations, difficult messages that she knew readers might overlook or resist. “To the hard of hearing you shout,” she insisted, “and for the almost-blind you draw large and startling figures.”

The stamp set is now available for purchase at usps.com/stamps, the Postal Store, at 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724) and at Post Offices nationwide or visit ebay.com/stamps to shop for a wide variety of postage stamps and collectibles.

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