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Carson McCullers - Life Stories, Books, and Links
 
Biographical Information

Stories about Carson McCullers

Selected works by this author

Selected books about / related to this author

Recommended links
 
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
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Carson McCullers
(1917 - 1967)

 
Category:  American Literature
 
Born:  February 19, 1917
Columbus, Georgia, United States
 
Died:  September 29, 1967
Nyack, New York, United States
 
Related authors:
Harper Lee, W. H. Auden
 
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Carson McCullers - LIFE STORIES
 
 
2/5/1959     Blixen, McCullers, Marilyn Monroe
On this day in 1959, Carson McCullers hosted a small luncheon party in order that seventy-four-year-old Baroness Karen Blixen-Finecke (Isak Dinesen) could meet Marilyn Monroe. By all accounts, the three women hit it off wonderfully -- though Arthur Miller says the legend of them dancing together on the marble-topped dinner table is an exaggeration.
5/24/1951     The Sad Cafe of Carson McCullers
On this day in 1951 Carson McCullers's The Ballad of the Sad Cafe and Other Works was published. Included in this omnibus edition were most of the pieces upon which her reputation now stands, and the critics used the occasion to confirm McCullers as one of America's most important contemporary writers, one who gave her regional settings and characters "their Homeric moment in a universal tragedy."
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SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Collected Stories (incl. The Ballad of the Sad Cafe and The Member of the Wedding, Sucker, The Haunted Boy)
anthology, fiction
 
Illumination and Night Glare: The Unfinished Autobiography of Carson McCullers
by Carson McCullers, Carlos L. Dews (Editor)
autobiography
 
Reflections in a Golden Eye
fiction
 
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
fiction
 
 
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SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Carson McCullers
by Harold Bloom (Editor), William Golding
biography, criticism and analysis
 
Carson McCullers: A Life
by Josyane Savigneau (Author), Joan Howard (Translator)
biography
 
Critical Essays on Carson McCullers
by Beverly Lyon Clark (Editor), Melvin J. Friedman (Editor)
literary criticism and analysis
 
The Lonely Hunter: A Biography of Carson McCullers
by Virginia Spencer Carr
biography
 
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Audio Recordings
Small collection of audio recordings featuring McCullers reading excerpts from Ballad of the Sad Cafe and Member of the Wedding. Requires Real Audio player.
Marxism in Carson McCullers' "Strangled South"
literary criticism and analysis
"[The Heart is a Lonely Hunter] is a Marxist social critique of the South of the 1930s. McCullers extracts several broad ideas from the writing of Karl Marx and applies them to the unique situation in the southeastern United States. Ihab Hassan, in his article on McCullers, writes that McCullers follows the tradition of Southern novels because her book 'is ... openly hostile to those popular assumptions the country entertains at large.' This is the Marxist idea of what a novel, as a work of art, should do. Hunter portrays oppressed classes of the South, such as blacks and women, describes the 'fascist' ideology in which they live, and uses Marxist ideas about religion as a central theme."
The Tragicomic Vision in the Novels of Carson McCullers
literary criticism and analysis
"The fiction of Carson McCullers has variously been described as gothic, grotesque, and bizarre. Many critics prefer to dwell on her ostensible preoccupation with morbidity and in so doing overlook her immense capacity for humor. But the fact is that humor plays as vital a role in Mrs. McCullers' work as it does in the fiction of Twain and Faulkner. Moreover, its recognition is essential to a proper understanding and appreciation of her fiction and to the mixed vision of reality that colors it."
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