The Barber (short story)

"The Barber"
Author Flannery O'Connor
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Southern Gothic
Published in New Signatures
Publication type Book
Publisher James A. Decker
Publication date 1948

"The Barber" is an early short story by the American author Flannery O'Connor. It is one of the six stories included in O'Connor's 1947 master's thesis The Geranium: A Collection of Short Stories and was first published in New Signatures I: A Selection of College Writing in 1948. It later appeared in the 1971 collection The Complete Stories. The story involves a professor who feels a need to explain his liberal political views to a conservative barbershop.[1]


  1. Richard Giannone, Flannery O'Connor, hermit novelist (University of Illinois Press, 2000)
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