The Mortgaged Heart: Selected Writings

The Mortgaged Heart: Selected Writings

by Carson McCullers
     
 
An absorbing look at the 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. Written mostly before she was nineteen, these pieces provide invaluable insight into McCullers's life and her gifts and growth as a writer. The

Overview

An absorbing look at the 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. Written mostly before she was nineteen, these pieces provide invaluable insight into McCullers's 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 readers continue to discover her work, 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 is an inspiration to writers young and old.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395109533
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
01/01/1971
Pages:
292

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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