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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.


The Carson McCullers Project
A website devoted to McCullers, including a biography, bibliography, photographs, chronology of her life, and a synopsis of many of her works.

Documenting America - Photographs from the FSA-OWI, 1935-1945
Part of the American Memory Collection of the Library of Congress, these photographs were created by a group of U.S. government photographers. The images show Americans in every part of the nation. In the early years, the project emphasized rural life and the impact of the Great Depression.


Carr, Virginia Spencer. The Lonely Hunter: A Biography of Carson McCullers. 1975. New York: Carroll & Graf, 1985.

Savigneau, Josyane. Carson McCullers: A Life. Translated by Joan E. Howard. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2001.

Egerton, John. Speak Now Against the Day: The Generation Before the Civil Rights Movement in the South. New York: Knopf, 1994.

Other Resources

Carson McCullers Collection
This collection at the Harry Ransom Humanities Center, University of Texas at Austin, includes manuscripts, correspondence, and photographs reflecting the life and literary career of McCullers.

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