Thursday, August 7, 2014

Thirsty Thursdays: Flannery O'Connor

Even fifty years after her death from lupus, Southern Gothic author Flannery O'Connor is still regarded as one of the South's greatest writers. Her short fiction is well known for its authentic characters, sharp satire, and powerful moral messages.

O'Connor only has two volumes of work to her credit and only one,  A Good Man Is Hard to Find, was published during her lifetime. Her second volume of fiction, Everything That Rises Must Converge, was published posthumously.


"A Good Man is Hard to Find" is about a a family who takes a vacation and encounters misfortune when they meet Misfit, an escaped convict.

Read "A Good Man is Hard to Find," the title work of her first collection.


"Good Country People" is the tale of Hulga, a young woman with a prosthetic leg whose birth name was "Joy," and her betrayal by bible salesman Manley Pointer.

Read "Good Country People."
Read a critical analysis of "Good Country People."


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