A Good Man Is Hard to Find

O'Connor, Flannery

Flannery O'Connor (Mary Flannery O'Connor), 1925–64, American author, b. Savannah, Ga., grad. Women's College of Georgia (A.B., 1945), Iowa State Univ. (M.F.A., 1947). As a writer, O'Connor is highly regarded for her bizarre imagination, uncompromising moral vision, and superb literary style. Combining the grotesque and the gothic and touched by mordant wit, her fiction treats 20th-century Southern life in terms of stark, brutal comedy and violent tragedy. Her characters, although often deformed in both body and spirit, are impelled toward redemption. All of O'Connor's fiction reflects her strong Roman Catholic faith. Wise Blood (1952) and The Violent Bear It Away (1960) are novels focusing on religious fanaticism; A Good Man Is Hard to Find (1955) and Everything That Rises Must Converge (1965) are short-story collections. Her Collected Stories was published in 1971. O'Connor had a form of lupus and spent the last ten years of her life as an invalid, writing and raising peacocks on her mother's farm near Milledgeville, Ga.

See her Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose, ed. by S. and R. Fitzgerald (1969) and A Prayer Journal (1946–47, first pub. 2013); her letters, ed. by S. Fitzgerald (1979); biography by B. Gooch (2009); studies by J. Hendin (1970) and K. Feeley (2d ed. 1982), S. Paulsen (1988), R. Giannone (1989), and B. Ragen (1989).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Flannery O'Connor
Preston M. Browning Jr.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1974
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "A Good Man Is Hard to Find"
The Timothy Allusion in "A Good Man Is Hard to Find"
Fike, Matthew.
Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature, Vol. 52, No. 4, Summer 2000
"One of My Babies": The Misfit and the Grandmother
Bandy, Stephen C.
Studies in Short Fiction, Vol. 33, No. 1, Winter 1996
Flannery O'Connor's Use of Symbol, Roger Haight's Christology, and the Religious Writer.`
Yaghjian, Lucretia B.
Theological Studies, Vol. 63, No. 2, June 2002
PEER-REVIEWED PERIODICAL
Peer-reviewed publications on Questia are publications containing articles which were subject to evaluation for accuracy and substance by professional peers of the article's author(s).
Wingless Chickens or Catholics from the Bayou: Conceptions of Audience in O'Connor and Gautreaux
Nisly, L. Lamar.
Christianity and Literature, Vol. 56, No. 1, Autumn 2006
PEER-REVIEWED PERIODICAL
Peer-reviewed publications on Questia are publications containing articles which were subject to evaluation for accuracy and substance by professional peers of the article's author(s).
Beginnings and Endings in Flannery O'Connor
Bleikasten, Andre.
The Mississippi Quarterly, Vol. 59, No. 1-2, Winter 2005
PEER-REVIEWED PERIODICAL
Peer-reviewed publications on Questia are publications containing articles which were subject to evaluation for accuracy and substance by professional peers of the article's author(s).
American Gargoyles: Flannery O'Connor and the Medieval Grotesque
Anthony Di Renzo.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1995
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of A Good Man Is Hard to Find begins on p. 134
Nobody's Home: Speech, Self, and Place in American Fiction from Hawthorne to Delillo
Arnold Weinstein.
Oxford University Press, 1993
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of A Good Man Is Hard to Find begins on p. 115
Looking for a topic idea? Use Questia's Topic Generator