A Good Man is Hard to Find: Flannery O'Connor

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"A Good Man Is Hard to Find" is Flannery O'Connor's most famous and most discussed story. O'Connor herself singled it out by making it the title piece of her first collection and the story she most often chose for readings or talks to students. It is an unforgettable tale, both riveting and comic, of the confrontation of a family with violence and sudden death. More than anything else O'Connor ever wrote, this story mixes the comedy, violence, and religious concerns that characterize her fiction.

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Overview

"A Good Man Is Hard to Find" is Flannery O'Connor's most famous and most discussed story. O'Connor herself singled it out by making it the title piece of her first collection and the story she most often chose for readings or talks to students. It is an unforgettable tale, both riveting and comic, of the confrontation of a family with violence and sudden death. More than anything else O'Connor ever wrote, this story mixes the comedy, violence, and religious concerns that characterize her fiction.

This casebook for the story includes an introduction by the editor, a chronology of the author's life, the authoritative text of the story itself, comments and letters by O'Connor about the story, critical essays, and a bibliography. The critical essays span more than twenty years of commentary and suggest several approaches to the story--formalistic, thematic, deconstructionist-- all within the grasp of the undergraduate, while the introduction also points interested students toward still other resources. Useful for both beginning and advanced students, this casebook provides an in-depth introduction to one of America's most gifted modern writers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813519777
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/1993
  • Series: Women Writers: Texts and Contexts Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 190
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Frederick Asals teaches at New College, the University of Toronto. He is the author of Flannery O'Connor: The Imagination of Extremity and of articles on O'Connor and other American writers.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
Chronology 27
A Good Man Is Hard to Find 31
Background to the Story
On Her Own Work 55
Letter to John Hawkes and Letter to a Professor of English 61
Critical Essays
A Good Source Is Not So Hard to Find 67
Reading the Map in "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" 73
Advertisements for Grace: Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" 83
A Dissenting Opinion of Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" 95
Everything Off Balance: Protestant Election in Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" 103
Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" and G. K. Chesterton's Manalive 113
A Good Man's Predicament 119
"The Meanest of Them Sparkled": Beauty and Landscape in Flannery O'Connor's Fiction 127
Cats, Crime, and Punishment: The Mikado's Pitti-Sing in "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" 139
Deconstructed Meaning in ["A Good Man Is Hard to Find"] 165
Selected Bibliography 175
Permissions 179
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