The Lonely Hunter: A Biography of Carson McCullers

by Virginia Spencer Carr, Tennessee Williams

The Lonely Hunter is widely accepted as the standard biography of CarsonMcCullers.

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 680 pages
  • Average Rating: 4.18 out of 5
  • Published June 30th 2003 by University of Georgia Press
  • Original Title: The Lonely Hunter: A Biography of Carson McCullers
  • ISBN: 0820325228 (ISBN13: 9780820325224)
  • Edition Language: English
  • Literary Awards: Francis B. Simkins Award (1977)

The Lonely Hunter is widely accepted as the standard biography of Carson McCullers. Author of such landmarks of modern American fiction as Reflections in a Golden Eye and The Ballad of the Sad Café, Carson McCullers was the enfant terrible of the literary world of the 1940s and 1950s. Gifted but tormented, vulnerable but exploitative, McCullers led a life that had all the elements–and more–of a tragic novel.From McCullers’s birth in Columbus, Georgia, in 1917 to her death in upstate New York in 1967, The Lonely Hunter thoroughly covers every significant event in, and aspect of, the writer’s life: her rise as a young literary sensation; her emotional, artistic, and sexual eccentricities and entanglements; her debilitating illnesses; her travels in America and Europe; and the provenance of her works from their earliest drafts through their book, stage, and film versions.To research her subject, Virginia Spencer Carr visited all of the important places in McCullers’s life, read virtually everything written by or about her, and interviewed hundreds of McCullers’s relatives, friends, and enemies. The result is an enduring, distinguished portrait of a brilliant, but deeply troubled, writer.