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).

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A Good Man Is Hard to Find: Selected full-text books and articles

Studies in Change: A Book of the Short Story By Hugh Kenner Prentice-Hall, 1965
Librarian's tip: "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" by Flannery O'Connor begins on p. 231
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Flannery O'connor, Hermit Novelist By Richard Giannone University of South Carolina Press, 2010
Flannery O'Connor By Preston M. Browning Jr Southern Illinois University Press, 1974
Flannery O'Connor's Validation of the Unreasonable in "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" By McDermott, John V Notes on Contemporary Literature, Vol. 40, No. 1, January 2010
On the Significance of Civil War References in Flannery O'connor's "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" By Flint, Thomas P Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature, Vol. 70, No. 2, Spring 2018
Means, Meaning, and Mediated Space in "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" By Link, Alex Southern Quarterly, Vol. 44, No. 4, July 1, 2007
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Seeing Is Believing: What Flannery O'Connor Meant by 'Vision' By Nelson, Cassandra Commonweal, Vol. 143, No. 18, November 11, 2016
Flannery O'Connors' "Spoiled Prophet" By Hendricks, T. W Modern Age, Vol. 51, No. 3-4, Summer-Fall 2009
The Timothy Allusion in "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" By Fike, Matthew Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature, Vol. 52, No. 4, Summer 2000
"One of My Babies": The Misfit and the Grandmother By Bandy, Stephen C Studies in Short Fiction, Vol. 33, No. 1, Winter 1996
The Forgiveness Factor in the Lives of Two Literary Grandmothers By DeFelix, Geraldine Paulk Forum on Public Policy: A Journal of the Oxford Round Table, Summer 2010
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