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Flannery O'Connor

by Flannery O’Connor

Flannery O'Connor Summary

Summary (Masterpieces of American Literature)

Serious fiction with religious themes has never been common in American literature, and perhaps that explains part of why O’Connor has frequently been misunderstood. When one views her work in the context of her Catholic orthodoxy, however, its focus becomes clear. The fact that most of her characters are evangelical Protestants simply reflects her use of the population around her to inhabit her stories. Her intense concern with divine grace and redemption as the central facts of human life does not preclude her use of humor to communicate her ideas about that concern and her distrust of the secular rationalism that she believed pervades most of American life.