Carson McCullers

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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).[1]

Life and Works

McCullers was born Lula Carson Smith on February 19, 1917.[2] She stayed in Columbus, Georgia during the Great Depression, where she greatly enjoyed theatre until her discovery of Eugene O'Neill.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5] She was a friend of playwright Tennessee Williams and died on September 29, 1967.[6]

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