American Masters: Flannery

American Masters: Flannery

Tue, 03/23/2021 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Flannery O’Connor

Credit: Joe McTyre-Emory

Flannery is the lyrical, intimate exploration of the life and work of author Flannery O’Connor, whose distinctive Southern Gothic style influenced a generation of artists and activists. 

Flannery, an American Masters presentation, premieres Tuesday, March 23 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV. With her family home at Andalusia (the Georgia farm where she grew up and later wrote her best-known work) as a backdrop, a picture of the woman behind her sharply aware, starkly redemptive style comes into focus. A devout Catholic who collected peacocks and walked with crutches (due to a diagnosis of lupus that would take her life before the age of 40), O’Connor’s provocative, award-winning fiction about southern prophets, girls with wooden legs, and intersex “freaks” was unlike anything published before (or since).