A Good Man Is Hard to Find Essay

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Elisabeth Piedmont-Marton is an educator and the coordinator of the undergraduate writing center at the University of Texas at Austin. In the following essay, she discusses O'Connor's story as a good example of the author's fiction.

"A Good Man Is Hard to Find" is one of the most widely discussed of all Flannery O'Connor's stories. It also provides an excellent introduction to her work because it contains all the major ingredients characteristic of the remarkable literary legacy left by a woman who only lived to be thirty-nine years old and who was too ill to write in her last years. Readers who encounter O'Connor for the first time should be aware that she always identified herself as a Southern writer and as a Catholic writer and that her stories are always informed by these identities and beliefs.

As a Southerner, O'Connor draws on a rich tradition of...

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