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The Life You Save May Be Your Own


The short story “The Life You Save May Be Your Own,” by Flannery O’ Connor, is set in the American South.  It was first published in the Kenyon Review in the spring of 1953.  This story concerns the interaction between a widow, her daughter, and a drifter.  Morality and religion are important themes  in O’Connor’s fiction.



LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Term


  • O’Connor, Flannery (Subject)



Call Number for Browsing the Shelves


  • PS3565 .C57



Circulating Books – A Selected List


  • Hardy, Donald. Narrating Knowledge in Flannery O’Connor’s Fiction. 2003.
    • Call Number: PS3565 .C57 Z685 2003
  • Kirk, Connie Ann. Critical Companion to Flannery O’Connor. 2008.
    • Call Number: PS3565 .C57 Z735 2008
  • O’Connor, Flannery. Complete Stories. 1971.
    • Call Number: PS3565 .C57 A17 1971
  • Orvell, Miles. Flannery O’Connor: An Introduction. 1991.
    • Call Number: PS3565 .C57 Z82 1991
  • Paulson, Suzanne Morrow. Flannery O’Connor: A Study of the Short Fiction. 1988.
    • Call Number: PS3565 .C57 Z83 1988
  • Whitt, Margaret Earley. Understanding Flannery O’Connor. 1995.
    • Call Number: PS3565 .C57 Z94 1995



Reference Materials


  • Contemporary Literary Criticism.Call Number: REF PN771 .C59
    • Vol. 1, pg. 257
    • Vol. 21, pgs. 256, 264, 276
    • Vol. 104, pgs. 104, 120, 123, 135
  • Critical Survey of Short Fiction. Call Number: REF PN3321 .C7 2001
    • Vol. 5, pg. 1797
  • Masterplots II: Short Story Series (Revised Edition).Call Number: REF PN3326 .M27 2004
    • Vol. 4, pgs. 2362-2364
  • Short Story Criticism. –  Call Number: REF PN3321 .S5
    • Vol. 1,  pgs. 343-344, 348-349, 356, 359-360
    • Vol. 23, pgs.184, 210-211, 227, 237
    • Vol. 61, pgs. 227-231
  • Short Stories for Students.Call Number: REF PN3330 .S386
    • Vol. 7, pgs. 122-143



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