(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

O'Connor, Edwin 1918–1968

An American novelist, O'Connor drew many of his fictional settings and characterizations from his Irish-American Catholic background, creating novels that both entertain and contain important sociopolitical themes. Although his characters are at times reduced to caricature, his novels have been praised for their realistic dialogue and sensitive description. O'Connor won the 1962 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for The Edge of Sadness. An earlier novel, The Last Hurrah, was subsequently made into a motion picture. (See also Contemporary Authors, Vols. 25-28, rev. ed.)