Carson McCullers (1917-1967) was an American author. Her works include The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1940), Member of the Wedding (1946), and Clock Without Hands (1961).
Life and Works
McCullers was born Lula Carson Smith on February 19, 1917. She stayed in Columbus, Georgia during the Great Depression, where she greatly enjoyed theatre until her discovery of Eugene O'Neill. At age 17, she began to attend the Julliard School of Music, but could not attend and took odd jobs and studied writing at Columbia University. She published her first novel, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1940), a major success, though it was followed by several novels concerning her homosexuality, sadism, and fetishism. She was a friend of playwright Tennessee Williams and died on September 29, 1967.
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- Bibliography and online archive of texts.