Flannery O’Connor – Introductory Reading Guide

August 5, 2016



This week marked the anniversary of the death of Flannery O’Connor (3 August 1964), one of the greatest fiction writers of the twentieth century.

To mark the occasion, we offer the following introductory reading guide to her work.

We’ve ordered this list in the order that we think the books should be read, and we offer a brief explanation of why each book was included. We’ve included excerpts of most the books via Google Books.

*** Don’t miss these rare clips of
Flannery O’Connor reading her work 


1) The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connnor


Flannery was a master at the art of the short story, and this collection is essential reading and the place to start.  However, it is a thick work, and if you are intimidated by that, read selected stories from it, or skip to the next book on the list. 



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Image Credit: From the cover to The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor… (Buy it now!)