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The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

by Carson McCullers

The dimensions of a work of art are seldom realized by the author until the work is accomplished.

Works Cited

Excerpts from THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER by Carson McCullers. Copyright © 1940, renewed 1967 by Carson McCullers. Used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

McCullers, Carson, "The Flowering Dream: Notes on Writing," Esquire, LII. (December 1959), pp. 162-64. See also Margarita G. Smith, ed. The Mortgaged Heart. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1971.

Wright, Richard, "Review: The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter." New Republic (August 5, 1940), p. 195.

Works Consulted

Cook, Richard M. Carson McCullers. New York: Frederick Ungar Publishing Co., Inc., 1975.

Dews, Carlos L., ed. Illumination and Night Glare: The Unfinished Autobiography of Carson McCullers. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1999.

Tippins, Sherill. February House. 2005. New York: Mariner Books, 2006.


Writers: Amy Stolls and Mela Kirkpatrick with Molly Thomas-Hicks, “McCullers on Screen” by David Kipen.

Series Editor: Erika Koss for the National Endowment for the Arts

Special thanks to Cathy Fussell, Executive Director of the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians

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