Reflections in a Golden Eye

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A new trade paperback edition of McCullers' second novel, REFLECTIONS IN A GOLDEN EYE, immortalized by the 1967 film starring Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, and John Houston.
Set on a Southern army base in the 1930s, REFLECTIONS tells the story of Captain Penderton, a bisexual whose life is upset by the arrival of Major Langdon, a charming womanizer who has an affair with Penderton's tempestuous and flirtatious wife, Leonora. Upon the novel's publication in 1941, reviewers ...
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Overview


A new trade paperback edition of McCullers' second novel, REFLECTIONS IN A GOLDEN EYE, immortalized by the 1967 film starring Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, and John Houston.
Set on a Southern army base in the 1930s, REFLECTIONS tells the story of Captain Penderton, a bisexual whose life is upset by the arrival of Major Langdon, a charming womanizer who has an affair with Penderton's tempestuous and flirtatious wife, Leonora. Upon the novel's publication in 1941, reviewers were unsure of what to make of its relatively scandalous subject matter. But a critic for Time Magazine wrote, "In almost any hands, such material would yield a rank fruitcake of mere arty melodrama. But Carson McCullers tells her tale with simplicity, insight, and a rare gift of phrase." Written during a time when McCullers's own marriage to Reeves was on the brink of collapse, her second novel deals with her trademark themes of alienation and unfulfilled loves.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“The greatest prose writer that the South produced” -- Tennessee Williams

“Again [McCullers] shows a sort of subterranean and ageless instinct for probing the hidden in men’s hearts and minds.”

The New York Herald-Tribune

"The novel is a masterpiece . . . as mature and finished as Henry James's THE TURN OF THE SCREW." Time Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618084753
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 417,505
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.31 (d)

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.

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2005

    A complex story about human interaction

    McCullers' Reflections in a Golden Eye was a wonderful yet depressing book about the complexity of human relationships. Although McCullers' writing style is simple, there is so much meaning underlying the story. Many sentences struck me as exquisitely beautiful and eerily truthful. Her insight into human tendency and the workings of the human mind is unlike any author I have read yet. It is a short book and I could not put it down. This book is definitely worth your attention.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2004

    An addictive tale

    This is a subtle book, but one I wanted to read again as soon as I finished. The story is somewhat simple in its structure, but extrordinarily complex once you consider the motives and interactions of the characters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2003

    A Good Review

    The previous critic needs to learn how to review a book-- that review was insipid, lousy, and unclear-- give the book a chance, it's an edgy classic

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    Exceptional.

    Exceptional.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2006

    This book was horrible.

    This book lacked a plot, and failed to capture my attention. The character development was poor and the symbolism was very poorly used. The symbolism was also very confusing. For example, a man's sexuality was somehow related to a horse. I would strongly suggest not wasting your time on this novel.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2002

    Weird and twisted romance

    This was an incredibly strange and unexpected book. I do not know really what to say about it except that it was not too good, and the storyline was uneven and did not seem to have too much of a point.

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