The Mortgaged Heart: Selected Writings

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An absorbing look at the early beginnings of one of America?s finest writers, The Mortgaged Heart is an important collection of Carson McCullers?s work, including stories, essays, articles, poems, and her writing on writing. These pieces, written mostly before McCullers was nineteen, provide invaluable insight into her life and her gifts and growth as a writer. The collection also contains the working outline of ?The Mute,? which became her best-selling novel The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. As new generations of ...

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Overview

An absorbing look at the early beginnings of one of America’s finest writers, The Mortgaged Heart is an important collection of Carson McCullers’s work, including stories, essays, articles, poems, and her writing on writing. These pieces, written mostly before McCullers was nineteen, provide invaluable insight into her life and her gifts and growth as a writer. The collection also contains the working outline of “The Mute,” which became her best-selling novel The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. As new generations of readers continue to discover her work, Carson McCullers’s celebrated place in American letters survives more surely than ever. Edited by McCullers’s sister and with a new introduction by Joyce Carol Oates, The Mortgaged Heart will be an inspiration to writers young and old.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618057054
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/5/2005
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 861,052
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Carson McCullers
Carson McCullers
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter introduced Carson McCullers as both a major literary talent and as a bestselling author. A troubled soul who could translate heartbreak and despair into beautiful prose, McCullers’s novels and stories established her as one of the great writers of the American South.

Biography

Carson McCullers, novelist, short story writer, and playwright, was born Lula Carson Smith on February 19, 1917, in Columbus, Georgia, the daughter of Lamar Smith, a jewelry storeowner, and Vera Marguerite Waters. Best known for her novels The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, The Ballad of the Sad Café, Reflections in a Golden Eye, and The Member of the Wedding, McCullers also won awards for her adaptation of The Member of the Wedding for the Broadway stage. After completing high school, Carson studied for two years in New York before marrying James Reeves McCullers and moving to New York permanently upon the publication of her first novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, in 1940 when McCullers was only 23. Heralded as a wunderkind by critics, McCullers' most significant was published between 1943 and 1950. Plagued by a series of strokes attributed to a mis-diagnosed and untreated case of childhood rheumatic fever, McCullers died at age fifty in 1967. With a collection of work including five novels, two plays, twenty short stories, over two dozen nonfiction pieces, a book of children's verses, a small number of poems, and an unfinished autobiography, McCullers is considered among the most significant American writers of the twentieth-century.

Author biography courtesy of The Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians at Columbus State University, Columbus, GA.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Lula Carson Smith (birth name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 19, 1917
    2. Place of Birth:
      Columbus, Georgia
    1. Date of Death:
      November 29, 1967
    2. Place of Death:
      Nyack, New York

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Mariner edition
Introduction
Short stories
Sucker 9
Court in the west eighties 20
Poldi 31
Breath from the sky 39
The orphanage 49
Instant of the hour after 54
Like that 64
Wunderkind 74
The aliens 88
Untitled piece 98
Author's outline of "The mute" (The heart is a lonely hunter) 124
Correspondence 153
Art and Mr. Mahoney 160
The haunted boy 164
Who has seen the wind? 178
Essays and articles
Look homeward, Americans 209
Night watch over freedom 214
Brooklyn is my neighbourhood 216
We carried our banners - we were pacifists, too 221
Our heads are bowed 227
Home for Christmas 233
The discovery of Christmas 238
A hospital Christmas Eve 245
How I began to write 249
The Russian realists and southern literature 252
Loneliness ... an American malady 259
The vision shared 262
Isak Dinesen : Winter's tales (book review) 266
Isak Dinesen : in praise of radiance 269
The flowering dream : notes on writing 274
Poetry
The mortgaged heart 286
When we are lost 287
The dual angel 288
Stone is not stone 293
Saraband 294
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