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The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

by Carson McCullers

The dimensions of a work of art are seldom realized by the author until the work is accomplished.


Carson McCullers, 1955 (Bettmann/Corbis)

Excerpts from The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers. Copyright © 1940 by Carson Smith McCullers. Copyright renewed © 1967 by Carson McCullers & © 2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Excerpts from "Angel-Land" written and performed by Jim White are from his album Wrong-Eyed Jesus! (1997), published by Chrysalis Songs (BMI), used courtesy of Luaka Bop, Inc.

Excerpts from Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 in E flat (Eroica), Op. 55, performed by the Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia (conducted by Béla Drahos), from Beethoven: Symphonies No. 3 "Eroica" and No. 8 (2004), used courtesy of Naxos USA.

Excerpts from Antonín Dvorák's Reverie, Op. 85, No. 6 (arr. Paul Klengel), performed by Qian Zhou (violin) and Edmund Battersby (piano), from the CD Dvorák: Music for Violin and Piano Volume 2 (2001), used courtesy of Naxos USA.

Excerpts from Beethoven piano sonatas No. 8 in C minor, (Pathétique), Op.13; No. 21 in C major (Waldstein), Op. 53; No. 25 in G major Op. 79, performed by Seymour Lipkin, from Ludwig van Beethoven: The Complete Sonatas (2004), used by permission of Newport Classic.

Excerpts from "Sundown" by Son House used with permission of Sondick Music (BMI), administered by Bug.

Written and produced by Dan Stone at the National Endowment for the Arts, 2007.

Additional music credit: "Sundown" by Son House © 1965 Sony Music Entertainment Inc. Currently available on Father of the Delta Blues: The Complete 1965 Sessions.Tracks used courtesy of Sony BMG Music Entertainment.

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