Annotated Bibliography

Annotated Bibliography

“Flannery O’Connor.” LitFinder Contemporary Collection, Gale, 2007. LitFinder, Accessed 7 Mar. 2017. Biography. Born March 25th 1925, Savannah, Georgia. Full name is Mary Flannery O’Conner Only child in a devout Roman Catholic family. Two years after moving to Milledgeville, Georgia O’Conner’s father died as a result of Lupus. Attended Georgia State College for Woman, where she was an avid reader. Determined to write after graduation and ended up earning a master’s degree at the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop. She was diagnosed with Lupus sometime after and permanently moved back to Milledgeville until her death in 1964.

Robinson, Marilynne. “The Believer.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 16 Nov. 2013, Accessed 29 Mar. 2017.   The New York Times published Flannery O’Connors Prayer Journal which helped her readers understand her true religious upbringing, and what  prompted most of her story themes.

Bernens, James P. “A Caution on the Writings of Flannery O’Connor.” Crisis Magazine, 31 July 2014, Bernens, James P. “A Caution on the Writings of Flannery O’Connor.” Crisis Magazine, 31 July 2014,  Accessed 6 Apr. 2017. ButI cannot consent to the notion that this, in itself, makes O’Connor’s literary efforts worthy of the praise with which they are so fulsomely lavished. Too many are filled with disjointed and confused scenes; some are inhabited by flimsy and stereotypical characters; nearly all are so deeply imbued with metaphysical imagery as to make a distraction of the whole point of storytelling.

Gordon, Sarah. “Flannery O’Connor (1925-1964).” New Georgia Encyclopedia, NGE Staff , 7 Oct. 2002, Accessed 5 Mar. 2017. O’Connor’s first novel, Wise Blood, received mixed reviews. Even some of the strongest commentators on southern literature seemed to be at a loss to describe this dark novel. Wise Blood presents the male “pilgrim,” Hazel Motes, as inhabiting a sterile and ugly modern landscape derivative of T. S. Eliot’s Waste Land.

Kinney, Arthur F. “A Good Man Is Hard to Find: Overview.” Reference Guide to Short Fiction, edited by Noelle Watson, St. James Press, 1994. Literature Resource Center, Accessed 7 Mar. 2017. One of O’Conner’s critics on “A Good Man is Hard to Find” was Frederick Asals, who claims that this was not one of her best stories. In O’Conner’s own public remarks about the story she stressed its spiritual implications, and claims that had she removed the grandmothers final actions in the story, there would be no story. Asals disagrees and says that this would seem a little difficult for the unprejudiced reader to ignore the murders of the grandmothers family, and their dead bodies.

( Blythe, Hal and Charlie Sweet. “O’Connor’s ‘A Good Man is Hard to Find.’” Explicator 55, no. 1 (fall 1996): 49-51.)Both Blytheand Sweet claim that O’Connor derived the name Bailey from Chaucers “Harry Bailly in the Caterbury Tales”. They go even further to suggest that “A Good Man is Hard to Find” is a modern version of the Pardoners Tale. Blyth and Sweet said greed for the hidden family silver causes O’Connors character to take the path of their accident, and greed for gold leads Chaucers characters to death as well. They also both agreed that there were similarities in her work that emphasized the reality of violence in the modern world and accounted for the gruesome endings. Clearly her stories became the passage way between the sacred and the profane, or heaven and hell.

Gresham, Stephen. “Things Darkly Buried: In Praise of ‘A Good Man Is Hard to Find’.” Shenandoah, vol. 60, no. 1-2, 2010, p. 17+. Literature Resource Center, Accessed 9 Mar. 2017. Gresham gets the impression that when The Misfit, has Bailey taken into the woods and killed and then he is given Bailey shirt to put on, he probably does this in order to transform himself into someone else, so then people won’t label him as a murderer. Almost all of O’Connor stories presented very similar and unique characters, themes as well as mistrust, religion, dysfunctional families, and death.  “A Good Man is Hard to Find” main character, the grandmother, was very strong and manipulative. The story was primarily works of moral fiction, which blends humor, irony and satire to create characters whose lives are misguided. Unsettling and grotesque is O’Connor’s way of making for a captivating plot.

O’Connor, Flannery. “A Good Man Is Hard to Find.” 2008. Literature. Sixth ed. N.p.: McGraw-Hills Companies, n.d. 202-212. Print. In the beginning of the story you see right away how the grandmother likes to have things her way. She also makes it clear she is going to do what she wants to do, and will stop at nothing including her death. The textbook that we were assigned to read for this class was the primary source of information to this story.