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Carson McCullers: Stories, Plays & Other Writings
     

Carson McCullers: Stories, Plays & Other Writings

by Carson McCullers, Carlos Dews
 

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Celebrated worldwide for her masterly novels, Carson McCullers was equally accomplished, and equally moving, when writing in shorter forms. This Library of America volume brings together for the first time her twenty extraordinary stories, along with plays, essays, memoirs, and poems. Here are the indelible tales “Madame Zilensky and the

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Celebrated worldwide for her masterly novels, Carson McCullers was equally accomplished, and equally moving, when writing in shorter forms. This Library of America volume brings together for the first time her twenty extraordinary stories, along with plays, essays, memoirs, and poems. Here are the indelible tales “Madame Zilensky and the King of Finland” and “A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud.” as well as her previously uncollected story about the civil rights movement, “The March”; her award- winning Broadway play The Member of the Wedding and the unpublished teleplay The Sojourner; twenty-two essays; and the revealing unfinished memoir Illumination and Night Glare. This wide-ranging gathering of shorter works reveals new depths and dimensions of the writer whom V. S. Pritchett praised for her “courageous imagination—one that is bold enough to consider the terrible in human nature without loss of nerve, calm, dignity, or love.”


From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Of all the Southern writers, she is he most apt to endure. . . . Her genius for prose remains one of the few satisfying achievements of our second-rate culture." —Gore Vidal

"A genius . . . She knows her own original, fearless, and compassionate mind. What she has, before anything else, is a courageous imagination-one that is bold enough to consider the terrible in human nature without loss of nerve, calm, dignity, or love." —V. S. Pritchett

"The most impressive aspect of [her work] is the astonishing compassion 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. This cannot be accounted for stylistically or politically; it seems to stem from an attitude toward life which enables Mrs. McCullers to rise above the pressures of her environment and embrace white and black humanity in one sweep of apprehension and tenderness." —Richard Wright

From the Boxed Set edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781598535495
Publisher:
Library of America
Publication date:
01/24/2017
Series:
Library of America Series , #287
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
696
Sales rank:
1,032,655
File size:
1 MB

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Meet the Author

Carlos L. Dews, editor, is chair of the Department of English Language and Literature at John Cabot University, Rome, Italy, and the Director of JCU’s Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation. He is the editor of the companion Library of America volume, Carson McCullers: Complete Novels (2001), as well as Illumination and Night Glare: The Unfinished Autobiography of Carson McCullers (1999).

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 19, 1917
Date of Death:
November 29, 1967
Place of Birth:
Columbus, Georgia
Place of Death:
Nyack, New York
Education:
Columbia University and New York University, 1935

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