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A Good Man Is Hard To Find


The short story “A Good Man Is Hard To Find” by Flannery O’ Connor was first published in a collection bearing that same name in 1955. This horror story involves the murder of a family on vacation by a psychopathic serial killer.



Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves


  • PS3565 .C57
  • PZ4 .O183



Circulating Books – A Selected List


  • Bloom, Harold (Ed.). Flannery O’Connor. 1986.

                     Call Number: PS3565 .C57 Z6678 1986

  • Brinkmeyer, Robert H. Jr. The Art and Vision of Flannery O’Connor. 1989.

                    Call Number: PS3565 .C57 Z587 1989

  • Giannone, Richard. Flannery O’Connor: Hermit Novelist. 2000.

                    Call Number: PS3565 .C57 Z6794 2000

  •  Hurley, Jennifer A. (Ed.). Readings on Flannery O’Connor. 2001.

                   Call Number: PS3565 .C57 Z847 2001

  • O’Connor, Flannery. A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories.

                    Call Number: PZ4 .O183 Go9

  • Whitt, Margaret Earley. Understanding Flannery O’Connor. 1995.

                    Call Number: PS3565 .C57 Z94 1995

  •  Wood, Ralph. Flannery O’Connor and the Christ-Haunted South. 2004.

                    Call Number: PS3565 .C57 Z97 2004



LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms


  • A Good Man is Hard to Find (Keywords)
  • O’Connor, Flannery (Subject)
  • O’Connor, Flannery – Criticism and Interpretation (Subject)



Reference Materials


  • Contemporary Literary CriticismCall Number: REF PN771 .C59

o   Vol. 1, pgs. 255, 257

o   Vol. 2, pg. 317

o   Vol. 3, pgs. 366, 368

o   Vol. 6, pg. 381

o   Vol. 10, pg. 368

o   Vol. 15, pgs. 408, 412

o   Vol. 21, pgs. 256, 263, 270, 272

o   Vol. 66, pgs. 313, 330

o   Vol. 104, pgs. 105, 117, 128, 138, 173, 175

  • Critical Survey of Short Fiction Call Number: REF PN3321 .C7 2001

o   Vol. 5, pg. 1797

o   Vol. 7, pg. 2809

  • Masterplots II: Short Story Series (Revised Edition)Call Number: REF PN3326 .M27 1986

o   Vol. 3, pgs. 1589-91

  • Short Story Criticism –  Call Number: REF PN3321 .S5

o   Vol. 1, pgs. 339-371

o   Vol. 23, pgs. 178-241

o   Vol. 61, pgs. 143, 146-47, 151-56, 169, 172, 186, 188-89, 197, 200, 214-16, 218, 227-30, 232, 234, 240-41

o   Vol. 82, pgs. 43-50, 110, 124, 167

  •  Short Stories for StudentsCall Number: REF PN3330 .S386

o   Vol. 2, pgs. 97-114       



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