Reflections in a Golden Eye

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1941 - Fiction - 136 pages
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A new trade paperback edition of McCullers' second novel, REFLECTIONS IN A GOLDEN EYE, immortalized by the 1967 film starring Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, and John Houston.
Set on a Southern army base in the 1930s, REFLECTIONS tells the story of Captain Penderton, a bisexual whose life is upset by the arrival of Major Langdon, a charming womanizer who has an affair with Penderton's tempestuous and flirtatious wife, Leonora. Upon the novel's publication in 1941, reviewers were unsure of what to make of its relatively scandalous subject matter. But a critic for Time Magazine wrote, "In almost any hands, such material would yield a rank fruitcake of mere arty melodrama. But Carson McCullers tells her tale with simplicity, insight, and a rare gift of phrase." Written during a time when McCullers's own marriage to Reeves was on the brink of collapse, her second novel deals with her trademark themes of alienation and unfulfilled loves.
 

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User Review  - stevesmits - LibraryThing

Reflections in a Golden Eye is in the "Southern Gothic" genre that McCullers and other southern writers produced in the mid-twentieth century (q.v. Flannery O'Connor and William Faulkner). For some ... Read full review

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User Review  - DanielAlgara - LibraryThing

The bio in the sleeve compared McCullers to Hemingway. Umm...No. There are flashes of good writing around a pretty bland story told with what I've come to call arms-length prose. The writer simply ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
23
Section 3
57
Section 4
95
Section 5
129
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About the author (1941)

Carson McCullers (1917-1967) was the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, The Member of the Wedding, Reflections in a Golden Eye, and Clock Without Hands . Born in Columbus, Georgia, on February 19, 1917, she became a promising pianist and enrolled in the Juilliard School of Music in New York when she was seventeen, but lacking money for tuition, she never attended classes. Instead she studied writing at Columbia University, which ultimately led to The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, the novel that made her an overnight literary sensation. On September 29, 1967, at age fifty, she died in Nyack, New York, where she is buried.

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