Collected Stories of Carson McCullers

Collected Stories of Carson McCullers

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Carson McCullers--novelist, dramatist, poet--was at the peak of her powers as a writer of short fiction. Here are nineteen stories that explore her signature themes: wounded adolescence, loneliness in marriage, and the tragicomedy of life in the South. Here too are The Member of the Wedding and The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, novellas that Tennessee

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Carson McCullers--novelist, dramatist, poet--was at the peak of her powers as a writer of short fiction. Here are nineteen stories that explore her signature themes: wounded adolescence, loneliness in marriage, and the tragicomedy of life in the South. Here too are The Member of the Wedding and The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, novellas that Tennessee Williams judged to be "assuredly among the masterpieces of our language."

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This work collects for the first time all 19 of McCullers's stories from a 1951 edition and from The Mortgaged Heart (1971). Her most critically acclaimed novels round out the reader, while the author's biographer Virginia Carr provides a lucid, thoughtful introduction. McCullers patented the Southern gothic genre that embraces grotesque, morbid characters with such pervading themes as unrequited love and wounded adolescence. Largely set in the South and richly autobiographical, her writings have endured because of their great power and originality. Sure to appeal to the general reader, the volume will also satisfy scholars with its broad look at McCullers's oeuvre. Edward C. Lynskey, Documentation, Atlantic Research Corp., Alexandria, Va.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395442432
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date:
07/01/1987
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.05(w) x 8.99(h) x 1.13(d)

What People are saying about this

Tennessee Williams
I find in her work such intensity and nobility of spirit as we have not had in our prose since Herman Melville.
V.S. Pritchett
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.
D. Pritchett
The most remarkable novelist, I think, to come out of America for generations. Like all writers of original genius, Ms. McCullers...is a master of peculiar perception and incomparable storyteller...a writer of the highest class.
Gore Vidal
Of all the Southern writers, she is the most apt to endure.

Meet 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.

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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Collected Stories of Carson McCullers 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. Some of the stories are quite touching and beautiful. My favorite was the 'Member of the Wedding'. I love her reference to music, as I've learned later that she was studying to be a concert pianist. It's a nice collection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago