The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

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Bantam Books, 1953 - Fiction - 307 pages
11 Reviews
When she was only twenty-three, Carson McCullers's first novel created a literary sensation. She was very special, one of America's superlative writers who conjures up a vision of existence as terrible as it is real, who takes us on shattering voyages into the depths of the spiritual isolation that underlies the human condition. This novel is the work of a supreme artist, Carson McCullers's enduring masterpiece. The heroine is the strange young girl, Mick Kelly. The setting is a small Southern town, the cosmos universal and eternal. The characters are the damned, the voiceless, the rejected. Some fight their loneliness with violence and depravity, Some with sex or drink, and some -- like Mick -- with a quiet, intensely personal search for beauty.

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Utterly beautiful and heart-rending work, set in the Deep South, where segregation is still a way of life. The novel opens and closes with pharmacist JT Malone discovering he is terminally ill: "He ... Read full review

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This story was cute. It had many characters living in different situations while being in love. Some of the characters have a happy ending, some are freed and others go on lonely. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
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Section 3
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About the author (1953)

Carson McCullers was born in Columbus, Georgia, on February 19, 1917. She died at age fifty in Nyack, New York, on September 29, 1967. A promising pianist, she had hoped to enroll at the Juilliard School of Music when she was seventeen, but when she arrived in New York, she attended writing classes at Columbia University instead. In December 1936 her first story, "Wunderkind," was published in "Story" magazine. That winter she began work on "The Mute," which would become her enduring masterpiece, "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.

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