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Comforts of Home focuses on Flannery O'Connor related information evaluated for its reliability and usefulness: links to biographical information about Flannery O'Connor, critical analysis of her work, and general praise of her abilities as a writer and a human being. If you're searching for essays and other scholarship on Flannery O'Connor published on the Web, we try to catch everything that we think is truly helpful. Be aware that most critical analysis of O'Connor is in hard-copy.

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Literary Hub recently teased the Convergent Books publication of Good Things Out of Nazareth: The Uncollected Letters of Flannery O'Connor and Friends via an epistolary exchange between O'Connor and Katherine Anne Porter, which contrasts the voices of the two writers. Meanwhile, Matthew Becklo interviewed the editor Dr. Benjamin B. Alexander for Aletia, and digs a little deeper into the origin and purpose of the collection, which differs from The Habit of Being by including letters written to O'Connor as well as letters by her.

In "Flannery O'Connor and Religious Epistemology" Dr. Jason Baehr, of the Loyola Marymount University Department of Philosophy, argues that O'Connor's fiction contains an account of the mechanics of religious knowledge, and uses three of O’Connor’s stories to formulate a model of religious knowledge, concluding that moral humility can function as an epistemic virtue in relation to theistic knowledge.

After teaching an online course on O'Connor, Kevin O'Brien had so much positive feedback that he decided to start a Flannery O'Connor Book Club and open it to the public. This will be a great opportunity to join others discussing O'Connor's work, and it all starts on 5th of August 2018 with her short story, "A Good Man is Hard to Find." You can join the bookclub and learn more from Kevin at the Flannery O'Connor Book Club site.

Image Quarterly has acquired rights to reprint O'Connor's personal college journal written when she was eighteen years old. This is a rare look at the young author's intellect, humor, faith, and drive to be a successful writer--"I have so much to do that it scares me." The journal is published by an arrangement with the O'Connor estate, and the issue will include previously unpublished photos of O'Connor. The journal and photos are exclusive to the November print issue of Image Quarterly, so if you want to see this material you can either subscribe for one year at $39.95, or pre-order issue 94 for $12. (I am not affiliated with Image, although I do enjoy reading it and recommend a subscription to readers interested in the confluence of literature, art, and faith.) If you would like to know more about what's in the journal, The Atlantic offers a peek at the content.

Uncommon Grace: The Life of Flannery O'Connor
If you're looking for a full-length documentary about O'Connor, this is it. Literally, it's the only one. Bridget Kurt has done a commendable job of distilling the essence of O'Connor's life into this perfect introduction to O'Connor that explains how her work was influenced by the places she lived, the people around her, her deep Catholic faith, and her illness. The video brings together the tangible with intangible, tracing the thread of relatives, homes, schools, cultural shifts, personal objects, hospitals, work habits, friends and more as she weaves them through her fiction. Viewers will be treated to around 100 previously unpublished photos, as well as interviews with experts on O'Connor's work including Bruce Gentry, professor at Georgia College and State University; Brad Gooch, author of the Flannery O'Connor: a Life; and William Sessions, O'Connor's authorized biographer and personal friend.

A request from a visitor looking for audio of O'Connor reading her own work led me to The Morning Oil, where I found WMA files of O'Connor reading "A Good Man is Hard to Find" and one of her lectures on aspects of the grotesque in Southern fiction.

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Biography: Who was Flannery O'Connor?

Online Essays: Criticism of O'Connor's work on the Internet. Many of these are "scholarly," but there are several non-academic articles here as well, so be careful if you use them for a paper.

Books : Works by and about O'Connor available online or at your local bookstore.

(If you want to see everything Amazon offers on O'Connor, you can use this connection that searches anything tagged Flannery O'Connor.)

Other Sites: The requisite "links" page.

Join the Flannery O'Connor Book Club for an opportunity to discuss O'Connor's work with other readers.

Interested in film adaptations of O'Connor's fiction? Here are several productions that have translated O'Connor's stories to the screen.

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