November 2, 2012
"Carson McCullers." Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6Th Edition (2011): 1. Literary Reference Center. Web. 27 Nov. 2012.
McCullers, Carson, 1917–67, American novelist, b. Columbus, Ga. as Lula Carson Smith, studied at Columbia. The central theme of her novels is the spiritual isolation that underlies the human condition. Her characters are usually outcasts and misfits whose longings for love are never fulfilled. In her first novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1940), a deaf-mute is the focus of a circle of sad and tormented people. The Member of the Wedding (1946; dramatization, 1950), her best-known work, is the tender story of a lonely adolescent girl. Her other works include the novels Reflections in a Golden Eye (1941) and Clock without Hands (1961); a volume of stories, The Ballad of the Sad Cafe (1951; title story dramatized by Edward Albee in 1963); and a play, The Square Root of Wonderful (1958). Champion, Laurie. "The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter." Cyclopedia Of Literary Places (2003): 1. Literary Reference Center. Web. 27 Nov. 2012
Although this novel explores psychological emotions such as loneliness and reveals a young girl growing into adulthood, its story depends to a great extent on its setting. The attitudes of the characters and the way various community members react to them are representative of those found primarily in the South during the 1930’s. This article gives many subject terms such as “Mental Illness,” “Loneliness” and many more. It also has the many places discussed in the story. The article says that the type of plot is Psychological realism. This article is good for anyone trying to get a better understanding of the major places in the story. Gleeson-White, Sarah, and Harold Bloom. "Sarah Gleeson-White On The Presence And Function Of Masquerade." Bloom's Guides: The Member Of The Wedding (2005): 108-110. Literary...