Gr 7 Up-An objective biography of an important American author. Brief plot summaries and analyses of O'Connor's works show how her themes grew out of a rural Southern Catholic background and out of her struggle with lupus, which limited her physically for many years. Frequent black-and-white photographs bring to life aspects of O'Connor's personality, including her hobby of raising peafowl. Her wry sense of humor is clearly seen in the many pertinent quotations from her letters and diaries. Most of the writing flows easily, but there are some literary discussions of subjects and themes. A minor oversight-the back cover states that O'Connor died at the age of 40, while the text indicates several times that she was 39.-Phyllis Graves, Creekwood Middle School, Kingwood, TX
Illustrated with black-and-white photographs throughout, this short biography describes O'Connor's childhood, education, career as a writer, and struggle with lupus. Along with the biographical information, the book includes summaries and critical comments on her novels and short stories. Quoted passages from O'Connor's letters provide her personal slant on events in her own ironic tone. Though published as part of the Great Achievers: Lives of the Physically Challenged series, the book does not overemphasize the role of lupus in O'Connor's life or the significance of her illness to her work. Useful as a basic introduction to an important American writer.