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Carson Smith Mccullers

Carson McCullerswas an American writer of novels, short stories, plays, essays, and poetry.

Background

  • Her mother was the granddaughter of a plantation owner and Confederate war hero. Her father, like Wilbur Kelly in The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, was a watchmaker and jeweler of French Huguenot descent.

  • Education

    • Smith graduated from Columbus High School. In September 1934 at age 17, she left home on a steamship from Savannah, Georgia, planning to study piano at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City. After losing the money set aside for her tuition, she never attended the school.

    Career

    • From the age of ten, Lula took piano lessons. When she was fifteen, her father gave her a typewriter to compose stories on.McCullers worked in menial jobs and studied creative writing under the Texas writer Dorothy Scarborough at night classes at Columbia University, and with Sylvia Chatfield Bates at Washington Square College of New York University. In 1936 she published her first work "Wunderkind".

      In Charlotte and Fayetteville, North Carolina, McCullers wrote her first novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, in the Southern Gothic or perhaps Southern realist traditions.In Brooklyn, she became a member of the art commune February House.

      The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1940)

      Reflections in a Golden Eye (1941)

      The Member of the Wedding (1946)

      Clock Without Hands (1961)

    Major achievements

    • McCullers published eight books. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1940), which she wrote at the age of twenty-three; Reflections in a Golden Eye (1941) ON DUPLICATE KEY UPDATE `description` = VALUES(`description`); and The Member of the Wedding (1946) are the best known.Many know her work only by their film adaptations.

    Connections

    • Husband: Reeves McCullers
      McCullers and Reeves separated in 1940 and divorced in 1941.
    • partner: George Davis
    Carson Smith Mccullers
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    Born February 19, 1917
    Died September 29, 1967
    (aged 50)
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