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The heart is a lonely hunter
Carson McCullers
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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." (Publisher Provided) Carson McCullers, 1917 - 1967 Novelist Carson McCullers was born Lula Carson Smith on February 19, 1917 in Columbus, Georgia to Lamar and Marguerite Waters Smith. At the age of seventeen, desiring to become a famous concert pianist, McCullers went to New York City to attend the Julliard School of Music. Her family sacrificed and raised money for her tuition to go to Julliard, but she lost all of her money when she left her pocketbook on the subway. Unable to tell her family what had happened, she took writing classes at Columbia University and New York University from 1935-1936. She was married to Reeves McCullers twice, first from 1937-1940 and then again in 1945, until Reeves suicide in 1953. McCullers first published work was an autobiographical piece for Story magazine, which told of a 15-year-old girl's realization that she is not a musical prodigy. The girl drops her music lessons and subsequently loses her circle of musical friends and the special treatment she received from her parents. Her first novel was "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" (1940), which tells of the relationships between five people living in a small town in Georgia. They are all damaged spirits that cannot connect with any other human beings or a power greater than themselves. Her next novel was "Reflections in a Golden Eye" (1941) and was followed by "The Ballad of the Sad Cafe" (1943), "The Member of the Wedding" (1946) and "Clock Without Hands" (1961). With the help of Tennessee Williams, "The Member of the Wedding" was reshaped into a play, which won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award in 1950. McCullers suffered, during her life, from ailments that included pneumonia, breast cancer, and a series of strokes that left her partially paralyzed. On September 29, 1967, Carson McCullers died from a stroke and subsequent brain hemorrhage in Nyack, New York. (Bowker Author Biography)

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