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Joyce Carol Oates doesn't think Flannery O'Connor's stamp looks anything like her

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U.S. Postal Service

Flannery O’Connor was recently honored with her very own postage stamp, but author Joyce Carol Oates doesn’t think it looks anything like the literary legend. Oates tweeted on Wednesday to suggest the artist who created the image had never seen a photo of O’Connor, nor had he or she read any of her work.

The stamp features a young O’Connor surrounded by peacock feathers, a symbol associated with the late author. According to the U.S. Postal Service, the likeness is a watercolor painting created digitally from an image of O’Connor taken while she attended Georgia State College for Women from 1942 to 1945.

The stamp will become available for purchase June 5 as part of the Literary Arts series.