Flannery O’Connor’s Master Thesis

Flannery O’Connor’s Master Thesis


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Flannery O’Connor’s master thesis, “The Geranium: a Collection of Short Stories,” is held in Special Collections at the University of Iowa Main Library. The thesis contains several of Flannery’s now famous stories, including the eponymous “The Geranium,” which was the first story ever published by her. Flannery would go on to rewrite and republish this story four times, finally including it as part of her most famous collection Everything that Rises Must Converge. Flannery submitted this thesis to the Graduate College in June, 1947.


O’Connor, Flannery. The Geranium : a Collection of Short Stories. University of Iowa Graduate College Master’s Thesis, 1947.

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