The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter - Research Article from Literature and Its Times

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by Carson McCullers

Lula Carson Smith was born in Columbus, Georgia, in 1917 to Marguerite Waters Smith and Lamar Smith, owners of a jewelry shop. The girl's first dream was to be a concert pianist. She then resolved to become a writer and started to read all the great literature she could find. A special favorite of hers was Isak Dinesen's Out of Africa, (also covered in Literature and Its Times), a work McCullers first read in 1937, then reread annually thereafter. At age twenty-two, with only one short story in print, McCullers became an overnight celebrity when The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter appeared. The novel focuses on individuals who are outcasts in a 1930s Southern city because of racial, political, physical, and other prejudices.

Events in History at the Time the Novel Takes Place

Cotton mill towns in the 1930s. Bounded on one end...

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