The southern writer Flannery O'Connor died before she was forty years old. Her father had died of lupus erythematosus when she was a teenager, and she endured its first attack on her system when she was in her mid-twenties. Lupus, a chronic and debilitating illness that causes the body's immune system to turn on itself, upended her plans to live the rest of her life in the Northeast. After the first onslaught of illness nearly killed her, O'Connor reluctantly moved back to the country where she had been born and bred—middle Georgia—to live with her mother on the family's dairy farm in Milledgeville.Less
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