Carson Mccullers

“If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are gone, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing.”   ― Carson McCullers

I can't remember when I first discovered the author, Carson McCullers. I liked her right away because we had the same initials. I know how cheesy. But how else would I have discovered such a talent at a young age? I remember reading Lord of the Flies, without being required to in high school because I liked the book cover art. And that's a damn good book.  {there is a method to my madness.}

Carson McCullers, is most known for her short stories, specifically "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter". I mean GOD who thinks of a title like that? it's amazing!

One of my favorite authors, I fell in love with her true life story as well as her short stories,  which is almost as tragic as the characters she wrote about.

When I first discovered her in my early 20s, I wanted to find out more about her, but I could not find nothing on the woman. The internet was just starting to bloom, so all the resources we have now we definitely did not have back in 1995!! 15 years later- google her name and you'll find out more.

Anyhoo... here is something about her, written by someone else, credit given @ the end.


Carson McCullers (1917-1967)


Her achievement as a writer—a career that was successfully launched by her first novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1940; filmed 1968)—was the outgrowth of her own character and lonely suffering. The novel concerns four inhabitants of a small town in Georgia—an adolescent girl with a passion to study music, an unsuccessful socialist agitator, a black physician struggling to maintain his personal dignity, and a widower who owns a café. Reflections in a Golden Eye (1941; filmed 1967), a shorter work set in a Southern army post that chronicles the unhappy life of a captain (a latent homosexual) and his wife (a nymphomaniac), confirmed McCullers’s earlier success.
During the 1940s McCullers met American playwright Tennessee Williams, and they became friends. Williams encouraged her to make a play of her novel The Member of the Wedding (1946), a sensitive portrayal of a lonely adolescent whose attachment to her brother precipitates a crisis at his wedding. The novel proved to be her most popular work, and it was equally successful as a play, heralded by some as a new form of American theatre because of its emphasis on character interaction and psychology. The Broadway version ran for more than a year and was made into a movie in 1952.

McCullers’s fictional characters endure various physical and psychological handicaps that complicate their natural but often bizarre searches for compassion. Her novels and stories demonstrate a Southern gothic embrace of the eccentric and combine examinations of relationships between people, reflections on such subjects as the inherent incompatibility of the lover and the beloved, and a profound sense of the human longing to connect with others. She felt her characters powerfully, once stating that “I live with the people I create and it has always made my essential loneliness less keen.” Her other works include The Ballad of the Sad Café (1951), the drama The Square Root of Wonderful (1958), and the novel Clock Without Hands (1961). Her Collected Stories appeared in 1987, and Illumination and Night Glare: The Unfinished Autobiography of Carson McCullers, segmented and with large lacunae, was published in 1999.


 
This photo by famous photographer, another one that I admire, Richard Avedon.

While researching photos for this post I read on the Hollywood Reporter they are making a bio of Carson McCullers. Staring Jena Malone. It will probably be too small to appear here where I live, I'll have to look out for that, would love to see how they put her life on film, and I wonder still how she would of felt
about it.

She'd probably say - "Hate it. Get me a smoke"

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