33 Portraits of Flannery O’Connor
Because Good Fan Art is Hard to Find
Flannery O’Connor is the object of much fascination, literary and otherwise. Her stories alone would be enough to fixate on—they are dark wonders, grotesque, sardonic, and often transcendent, despite many arguments in favor of their unrelenting bleakness. But she was also a devout Catholic, which at first seems discordant but soon fits in with her gothic sense of humor. But she also, in her twenties, ordered a set of peafowl in the mail, and proceeded to raise some 100 of them before her death from lupus 54 years ago. And then there’s the fact that at five years old, she taught a chicken to walk backwards.
What I’m saying is: you could easily become obsessed with Flannery O’Connor. You could easily decide to paint her portrait, or collage her face, or make a Flannery O’Connor doll from felt. I would understand and celebrate any of these actions. I would also collect them for others to enjoy. And so, behold: a woefully incomplete but still delightful collection of portraits of Flannery O’Connor, from professional editorial illustrations, to portraiture currently for sale, to simple fan art. Enjoy.