Carson McCullers Was Born
Carson McCullers knew all about the South
because she grew up there. She must have known about feeling
lonely, too, because her stories center on the lives of lonely
people. Her most famous novel, The Heart is a Lonely
Hunter, looks into the "lonely hearts" of four people in a
Southern mill town during the Great Depression. Born Lula Carson
Smith on February 19, 1917, in Columbus, Georgia, Carson
McCullers did not always want to be a writer.
went to New York City at the age of 17 to study music. In 1937,
she married writer Reeves McCullers. They divorced a few years
later, but married each other again in 1945.
In 1946 she
wrote about a motherless 13-year-old girl named Frankie. When
her brother marries, Frankie wants to go with him on his
honeymoon. The book, A Member of the Wedding, was made into a
stage play in 1950 and into a film in 1952. Even though she was
paralyzed on the left side of her body at the age of 29, that
didn't stop Carson McCullers from writing many stories. What
have you experienced in your life that you can write about?