Jack Shinneman, a founding member of Georgia Writers Museum
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
by Carson McCullers
by Carson McCullers
"The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" is the debut novel by this American author making her an immediate literary sensation and considered her finest work. The book is available from Amazon.
The novel explores the themes of loneliness and isolation. At its center is the deaf-mute John Singer, who becomes the confidant for various types of misfits in a Georgia mill town during the 1930s. Each one yearns for escape from small town life. When Singer's mute companion goes insane, Singer moves into the Kelly house where the book's heroine (loosely based on McCullers), finds solace in her music.
Books from past GWHOF Book Club Meetings
August: Terry Kay To Dance with the White Dog
November: Judson Mitcham The Sweet Everlasting
February - Janisse Ray Ecology of a Cracker Childhood
May - Calder Willingham Rambling Rose
August - Bailey White Mama Makes up Her Mind…
November - Philip Lee Williams The Heart of a Distant Forest
February - Ferrol Sams Run With the Horsemen”
May - Brainard Cheney Devil’s Elbow
August - Margaret Mitchell Gone with the Wind
November - Melissa Fay Greene The Temple Bombing. Praying for Sheetrock
February - Tayari Jones Leaving Atlanta
May - James Cobb, A Georgia Odyssey
About the Author: Raised in Columbus, Georgia, McCullers moved to New York City at 17 to attend The Juilliard School to pursue a career as a pianist. However, she promptly changed her focus to creative writing and attended classes at Columbia and NYU before returning to Columbus due to illness. She wrote her first and most famous book, “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter”, when she was 23 years old.
Her four major novels led her to be recognized along with Flannery O’Connor and Katherine Anne Porter as a foremost example of the American Southern Gothic genre. She was inducted in the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in 2000 as a Charter Member.t