A Geographical Tour of Literary America

The Grand Tour of Literary Landmarks resulted from my students' success with another project that we called "Poetic License with THE AMAZING RACE." This new journey also begins and ends in my students' hometown. Chosen writers are specific to our curriculum and texts; however, teachers can adapt new selections to their students' needs. Side images are their original work. Photo images at each destination go directly to official sites or to the slideshows of my own travel photos. The main sources of written material here are www.Poets.org and Adventures in American Literature, Heritage Edition and Pegasus Edition.

Milledgeville, Georgia

On the literary map, travel from Macon to Milledgeville, Georgia.

# _____________ Miles to Milledgeville, Georgia

$ _____________ Cost for Gasoline to Milledgeville, Georgia

Visit Mrs. Steller's Flannery O'Connor Gallery.

Read about Flannery O'Connor at http://www.southernliterarytrail.org/

Read more about her at www.GeorgiaEncyclopedia.org

Fill-in-the-blanks from the summary at www.AndalusiaHistoricFarm.org

"Mary Flannery O’Connor was born in 1925 in ___________________, the only child of Edward F. and Regina Cline O’Connor. The O’Connors lived at 207 East Charlton St. across LaFayette Square from the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist where the family attended Mass. In the spring of 1938, the family moved to __________ where Edward O’Connor was employed as a Federal Housing Authority real estate appraiser. In 1940, the O’Connors moved to Milledgeville to live in the Cline family home on Greene Street. Mr. O’Connor died of _______early in 1941, and Mrs. O’Connor and Flannery continued to live in the Milledgeville family home along with Flannery’s aunts. It is here that Flannery would continue to live, with a bedroom on the second floor, while she attended Peabody High School and Georgia State College for Women (now Georgia College and State University)."

"When Flannery O’Connor left Milledgeville in 1945 to attend the State University of Iowa, she enrolled in the Writers Workshop conducted by Paul Engle. Her thesis there comprised a collection of short stories entitled The Geranium, which would contain the seed of her first novel. She received a Master of Fine Arts degree after two years but remained in Iowa for another year before going to the Yaddo Foundation'sartist colony near Saratoga Springs, New York. Afterwards she lived in New York City where she was introduced to Robert and Sally Fitzgerald, with whom she lived for over a year in Ridgefield, Connecticut. During this time she was writing her first novel Wise Blood."

"In late 1950 Flannery O’Connor began to exhibit symptoms of the disease that had killed her father. Her condition forced Flannery to return to Milledgeville in 1951, but she continued ____________________________________________. But instead of returning to the family home in town, Flannery and her mother moved to the family farm, __________, where Flannery lived for thirteen years, until her death in 1964. "

READ: "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" or "The Crop" in your text.

[TEACHERS: Lesson Plans]