The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter | Critical Essay by Constance M. Perry

This literature criticism consists of approximately 14 pages of analysis & critique of The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.
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Critical Essay by Constance M. Perry

SOURCE: Perry, Constance M. “Carson McCullers and the Female Wunderkind.Southern Literary Journal 19, no. 1 (fall 1986): 36-45.

In the following essay, Perry investigates McCullers's 1936 short story, “Wunderkind,” as the origin of The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter and surveys the autobiographical aspects of the novel.

Carson McCullers's first novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1940), symbolizes her own story of growing up in the thirties as a Southern female prodigy. Like her predecessor Frances Newman, who also wrote a novel about a Southern girl who longs to be an artist, The Hardboiled Virgin (1926), McCullers shows how “social forces” damaged ambitious people, particularly when they were female (“Author's Outline” 129). For example, a humiliating sexual initiation is a central experience for each heroine. Recent discussion...

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