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ISBN13: 9780618526413
ISBN10: 0618526412
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With the publication of her first novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers, all of twenty-three, became a literary sensation. With its profound sense of moral isolation and its compassionate glimpses into its characters' inner lives, the novel is considered McCullers' finest work, an enduring masterpiece first published by Houghton Mifflin in 1940.

At its center is the deaf-mute John Singer, who becomes the confidant for various types of misfits in a Georgia mill town during the 1930s. Each one yearns for escape from small town life. When Singer's mute companion goes insane, Singer moves into the Kelly house, where Mick Kelly, the book's heroine (and loosely based on McCullers), finds solace in her music.

Wonderfully attuned to the spiritual isolation that underlies the human condition, and with a deft sense for racial tensions in the South, McCullers spins a haunting, unforgettable story that gives voice to the rejected, the forgotten, and the mistreated — and, through Mick Kelly, gives voice to the quiet, intensely personal search for beauty.

Richard Wright praised Carson McCullers for her ability "to rise above the pressures of her environment and embrace white and black humanity in one sweep of apprehension and tenderness." She writes "with a sweep and certainty that are overwhelming," said the New York Times. McCullers became an overnight literary sensation, but her novel has endured, just as timely and powerful today as when it was first published. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter is Carson McCullers at her most compassionate, endearing best.

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"To me the most impressive aspect of The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter is the astonishing humanity that enables a white writer, for the first time in Southern fiction, to handle Negro characters with as much ease and justice as those of her own race." Richard Wright, The New Republic

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"McCullers leaves her characters hauntingly engraved in the reader's memory." The Nation

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"[McCullers] writes with a calm and factual realism, and with a deep and abiding insight into human psychology. She does so without an iota of vulgarity and bawdiness, in a manner which many a present day novelist would do well to study." The Boston Globe

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"When one puts [this book] down, it is with...a feeling of having been nourished by the truth." May Sarton

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"The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter has remarkable power, sweep and certainty....Her art suggests a Van Gogh painting peopled with Faulkner figures." The New York Times Book Review

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"There is not only the delicately sensed need that one might expect youth to know but an even more delicately sensed ironic knowledge." Chicago Tribune

About the Author

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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kamip72, January 4, 2013 (view all comments by kamip72)
Carson McCullers is brilliant! The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter fills you with a sense of humanity, love and compassion like no other, we should all be so fortunate to have a John Singer in our lives. A truly remarkable tale.
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nikkikaram, January 25, 2012 (view all comments by nikkikaram)
"The people dreamed and fought and slept as much as ever. And by habit they shortened their thoughts so that they would not wander out into the darkness beyond tomorrow."

The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter is as beautiful as the title suggests. It is simultaneously heartbreaking and inspiring, and both of those waters run so deep in this book. I have never read a novel that so perfectly captures what it feels like to have an urgent, burning, singular dream of a thing you want to do in your life, and if things were different you could do it, but they aren't different, and so you can't.

That's the heartbreaking part. The inspiring part is having the dream to begin with; the central characters each have the rare capacity to experience that kind of love, and not only that, but they each make the decision to keep experiencing that love, despite the "darkness beyond tomorrow" that they sense is probably inescapable.

Look for the description of Mick's violin. If you haven't surrendered to this book by then, Mick's violin will.
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Grandmamaher, October 30, 2008 (view all comments by Grandmamaher)
I have not read this book; I don't even own it yet. But, from the title, and the synopsis, it sounds like a very encouraging book. One that would be a positive influence on anybody who has a handicap, whether it be hearing, sight, or anything else.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780618526413
Author:
McCullers, Carson
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Author:
Mariner
Location:
Boston
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Friendship
Subject:
Deaf
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Teenage girls
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
April 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.32x4.95x.88 in. .75 lbs.
Age Level:
from 14

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Product details 368 pages Mariner Books - English 9780618526413 Reviews:
"Review" by , "To me the most impressive aspect of The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter is the astonishing humanity that enables a white writer, for the first time in Southern fiction, to handle Negro characters with as much ease and justice as those of her own race."
"Review" by , "McCullers leaves her characters hauntingly engraved in the reader's memory."
"Review" by , "[McCullers] writes with a calm and factual realism, and with a deep and abiding insight into human psychology. She does so without an iota of vulgarity and bawdiness, in a manner which many a present day novelist would do well to study."
"Review" by , "When one puts [this book] down, it is with...a feeling of having been nourished by the truth."
"Review" by , "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter has remarkable power, sweep and certainty....Her art suggests a Van Gogh painting peopled with Faulkner figures."
"Review" by , "There is not only the delicately sensed need that one might expect youth to know but an even more delicately sensed ironic knowledge."
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