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The Lame Shall Enter First



The short story “The Lame Shall Enter First,” by Flannery O’Connor, is part of her story collection called Everything That Rises Must Converge.  The short story itself concerns an older man’s futile attempt to reform a club-footed teenage criminal. Religious themes are explored.



LINCCWeb Online Catalog – Search Terms


  • Lame Shall Enter First (Keyword)
  • O’Connor, Flannery (Subject)



Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves


  • PS3565 .C57
  • PZ4 .O183 Ev



Circulating Resources – A Selected List


  • Baumgaertner, Jill. Flannery O’Connor: A Proper Scaring. 1999.

                           Call Number:  PS3565 .C57 Z584 1999

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

                          Call Number:  PS3565 .C57 Z587 1989

  • Feeley, Kathleen. Flannery O’Connor: Voice of the Peacock. 1982.

                     Call Number:  PS3565 .C57 Z667 1982

  • Gordon, Sarah. Flannery O’Connor: The Obedient Imagination. 2000.

                   Call Number:  PS3565 .C57 Z6796 2000

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

                   Call Number:  PS3565 .C57 Z847 2001

  • Kilcourse, Jr., George A. Flannery O’Connor’s Religious Imagination. 2001.

                     Call Number:  PS3565 .C57 Z728 2001

  • O’Connor, Flannery. Everything That Rises Must Converge. 1965.

                     Call Number:  PZ4 .O183 Ev



Reference Materials


  • Contemporary Literary CriticismCall Number:  REF PN771 .C59

o   Vol. 3, pg. 366

o   Vol. 13, pg. 418

o   Vol. 15, pg.410

o   Vol. 21, pgs. 261, 263, 272, 276

o   Vol. 104, pgs. 103-113, 123-141, 156, 173-185, 194-196

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

o   Vol. 5, pgs.1799-1800

  • Short Story Criticism Call Number:  REF PN3321 .S5

o   Vol. 1, pgs. 343-345, 356, 365              

o   Vol. 61, pgs. 156, 202-205

o   Vol. 82, pgs. 49, 58, 61, 70, 72-3, 86-7, 91-3, 102-04, 115, 124-25, 127-28, 163, 165-167

  • Twentieth-Century Literary CriticismCall Number:  REF PN771 .G27

o   Vol. 132, pgs. 229-289, 320



Research Databases

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  • Academic Search Complete
  • Literary Reference Center
  • Literature Resources from Gale



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