See her Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose, ed. by S. and R. Fitzgerald (1969); her letters, ed. by S. Fitzgerald, The Habit of Being (1979); biography by B. Gooch (2009); studies by J. Hendin (1970) and K. Feeley (1972, 2d ed. 1982), S. Paulsen (1988), R. Giannone (1989), and B. Ragen (1989).
(born March 25, 1925, Savannah, Ga., U.S.—died Aug. 3, 1964, Milledgeville, Ga.) U.S. writer. She spent most of her life on her mother's farm in Milledgeville, Ga. A devout Roman Catholic, she usually set her works in the rural South and often examined the relationship between the individual and God by putting her characters in grotesque and extreme situations. Her first novel, Wise Blood (1952), combines a keen ear for common speech, a caustic religious imagination, and a flair for the absurd that characterized all of her work. With the story collections A Good Man Is Hard to Find (1955) and Everything That Rises Must Converge (1965), she was acclaimed as a master of the form. Her other work of fiction was the novel The Violent Bear It Away (1960). Long crippled by lupus, she died at age 39. The Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction is the preeminent American award of its kind.
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Flannery is a bridge convention using an 2 opening bid to show a hand of minimal opening bid strength (11-15 high card points) with exactly four spades and five (or sometimes six) hearts. It is invented by American player William Flannery.
This convention was introduced because of the awkwardness of describing such holding, especially with four-card major systems. For example, with the hand , if the bidding starts 1-1NT (denying four spades), the opener cannot rebid 2, as it would be a reverse bid showing a stronger hand, 2 shows a six-card suit, and 2 of a minor would show 4 or at least good 3 cards. Thus, the opener cannot safely seek for a 5-3 fit in hearts. Five-card major openers are somewhat better placed, because 1NT denies both 3 hearts and 4 spades, so opener may safely pass. However, this convention is also useful when playing five-card majors in conjunctions with forcing notrump, to prevent opener from having to respond in a nonsuit after 1 – 1 Notrump when not strong enough to reverse.
Responder has only 2NT as the forcing bid, and all other bids are natural. The bidding proceeds as follows:
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