Good Man Is Hard to Find And Other Stories

ISBN-10: 0813519772
ISBN-13: 9780813519777
Edition: 1993
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Description: A Good Man Is Hard to Findis 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 7/1/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 190
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

A Good Man Is Hard to Findis 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 storyÐÐformalistic, thematic, deconstructionistÐÐ ­­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. The contributors are Michael O. Bellamy, Hallman B. Bryant, William S.  Doxey,  J. Peter Dyson, Madison Jones, W. S. Marks, III, Carter Martin, William J. Scheick, Mary Jane Schenck,  and J. O. Tate. 

Flannery O'Connor was born in Savannah, Georgia. She had a quiet, bookish life as a child before attending Georgia State College for Women and going on tot he Writers Workshop at the State University of Iowa, where she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree. Her 1949 dissertation consisted of six short stories, one of which she developed into her first novel, Wise Blood (1952). Wise Blood is the story of a fanatical, wandering preacher who sets out to found a "church of truth without Jesus Christ crucified." The book introduces some of the religious themes that run throughout O'Connor's later work. Her second novel, The Violent Bear It Away (1960), is the story of murder involving a Tennessee backwoods preacher and a small boy. Once again, O'Connor explores unusual manifestation of religion and human eccentricities. Although O'Connor produced only a small body of work during her relatively brief lifetime, she has received much critical attention. O'Connor suffered from lupus, an inherited disease, which crippled her and cut short her life, and so her creative work was largely compressed within a decade of the 1950's. Her father also dies of Lupus when she was 15 years old. O'Connor is frequently praised as being the most creative and distinctive writer of this period. The two most notable aspects of her fiction are its religious themes and its commentary on the oppressive traditions of the mid-twentieth-century Deep South.

Asals is Professor of English at the University of Toronto.

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