The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

With the publication of her first novel, THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER, Carson McCullers, all of twenty-three, became a literary sensation. With its profound sense of moral isolation and its compassionate glimpses into its characters' inner lives, the novel is considered McCullers' finest work, an enduring masterpiece first published by Houghton Mifflin in 1940.

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.


In 1998, the Modern Library ranked The Heart
Is a Lonely Hunter seventeenth on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.

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  • Andy

    Something's come up and I don't think I'll be able to make it tonight. Too bad, I really wanted to talk about this book.

    February 6, 2013

    • Andy

      I just finished Moby Dick and will go to the discussion next week. You should come.

      February 7, 2013

    • David S.

      I was thinking about it but I haven't read the book. Got about 1/2 through it several years ago. I may come just to hear what folks say.

      February 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    P.S. Carson spent time at Yaddo. I enjoyed everyone very much.

    1 · February 7, 2013

  • anne

    my first meeting with the group was a smash. really enjoyed the personalities and their very thoughtful comments.
    just purchased fitzgerald's book and am looking forwarding to reading the book and discussing this book. thank you all you are great!!! anne

    1 · February 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wish I could have made it. My husband hurt his back yesterday and I didn't have any other childcare. I am more than 3/4 of the way done with the book and I am enjoying it even though it is a little somber. It would have been great to hear the discussion.

    February 7, 2013

  • Jacky

    We had great attendance tonight. Welcome to our newest members, Joan and Anne!

    1 · February 6, 2013

  • Jon C.

    Just got a work dinner. Sport I won't make it. Was looking forward to it. See u next week for Moby Dick.

    February 6, 2013

  • Andy

    Just got the book and am looking forward to reading and discussing it.

    February 6, 2013

  • David S.

    Just finished this today. I was struck by the similarity in theme to "Winesburg." The image of the townspeople feeling connected only to the deaf mute but not to each other was very sad.

    January 27, 2013

  • Jacky

    Thank you Andy! I haven't read the book yet, but this review makes me anxious to get started!

    January 19, 2013

  • Andy

    The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. I just finished it and it is a terrific book. It perfectly captures the character, language, and essence of the common folk in the pre WW2 deep south. I particularly liked the author’s use of descriptive words that are still with us where the meaning is clear but ill defined, like Bubber monkeying with the gun, or Miss Clara who wore clodhopper shoes. The vivid depictions of the African American characters and their conditions were as good as any I’ve ever read. Ms. McCullers at age 23 had a remarkable grasp of the English language and the period within which she lived. She well deserved all the praise that was given her.

    January 17, 2013

  • Andy

    Just got the book and am looking forward to reading and discussing it.

    December 21, 2012

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