"Considered an important voice in American literature, O'Connor wrote 2 novels, 32 short stories, plus a number of reviews and commentaries. She was a Southern writer in the vein of William Faulkner, relying heavily on regional settings and grotesques as characters.
Ms. O'Connor, because of her relatively small literary output, remains a minor writer in the Western canon, but one hugely talented, with much unfulfilled potential due to her early death."
20 short stories to be studied; some of them can be found on the Web:
"The Geranium" (Summer of 1946)
"A Stroke of Good Fortune" ; (August 1949)
"A Good Man is Hard to Find" ; (1953)
"A Late Encounter with the Enemy" ; (September 1953)
"The Life You Save May Be Your Own" ; (1953)
"The River" ; (Summer 1953)
" A Circle in the Fire" ; (Spring 1954)
"The Displaced Person" ; (October 1954)
"A Temple of the Holy Ghost" ; (May 1954)
"The Artificial Nigger" ; (Spring 1955)
"Good Country People" ; (June 1955)
"Greenleaf" ; (Summer 1956)
"A View of the Woods" ; (Fall 1956)
"The Enduring Chill" ; (July 1958)
"The Comforts of Home" ; (Fall 1960)
"Everything that Rises Must Converge" ; (1961)
"The Lame Shall Enter First" ; (Summer 1962)
"Revelation" ; (Spring 1964)
"Parker's Back" ;
an entire site dedicated to the writer
including reviews of "Everything that Rises Must Converge" ; "A Good Man Is Hard to Find", "The Life You Save May Be Your Own",
and Analysis On-line
The Enduring Mystery Of Truth , Stephen Sparrow
deciphers the loaded language O'Connor employs in "The Enduring Chill".
"For Christ's Sake Fix Him" Use
of the Child in Two Stories by Flannery O'Connor
Tom Murphy, O. Carm.
"In "The River" and "The Lame Shall Enter First" Flannery O'Connor sustains her theme of human sinfulness and the possibility of redemption. At the heart of this structure rests the problem of Faith. In both stories that problem is embodied in three ages of humanity: childhood, adolescence and adulthood. While her realistic narrative resists a purely allegorical use of these three generations, correspondences between the two stories' characters align childhood with inarticulate desire (a precondition for faith), adolescence with articulate and dogmatic faith, and adulthood with varying degrees of doubt. (Mrs. Connin in "The River" is a notable exception to this last category.)"
A Good Man is Hard to Find
"In A Good Man Is Hard To Find, Flannery OConnor uses a variety of narrative techniques to create an intriguing story. OConnor writes from a third person narrator and tells the story from the perspective of the Grandmother. The point of view straddles the line between limited omniscience and total omniscience. According to Janet Burroughway, in her book, Writing Fiction, limited omniscience is when the narrator interprets one characters actions and thoughts but we see the others only externally (226). Burroughway describes the total omniscient author as God (224). Burroughway gives us five advantages of total omniscience" Read more