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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books (September 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395925053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395925058
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #429,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This work collects for the first time all 19 of McCullers's stories from a 1951 edition and from The Mortgaged Heart (1971). Her most critically acclaimed novels round out the reader, while the author's biographer Virginia Carr provides a lucid, thoughtful introduction. McCullers patented the Southern gothic genre that embraces grotesque, morbid characters with such pervading themes as unrequited love and wounded adolescence. Largely set in the South and richly autobiographical, her writings have endured because of their great power and originality. Sure to appeal to the general reader, the volume will also satisfy scholars with its broad look at McCullers's oeuvre. Edward C. Lynskey, Documentation, Atlantic Research Corp., Alexandria, Va.
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About the Author

Carson McCullers (1917-1967) was the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, The Member of the Wedding, Reflections in a Golden Eye, and Clock Without Hands. Born in Columbus, Georgia, on February 19, 1917, she became a promising pianist and enrolled in the Juilliard School of Music in New York when she was seventeen, but lacking money for tuition, she never attended classes. Instead she studied writing at Columbia University, which ultimately led to The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, the novel that made her an overnight literary sensation. On September 29, 1967, at age fifty, she died in Nyack, New York, where she is buried.

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Carson McCullers (1917-1967) was the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, The Member of the Wedding, Reflections in a Golden Eye, and Clock Without Hands. Born in Columbus, Georgia, on February 19, 1917, she became a promising pianist and enrolled in the Juilliard School of Music in New York when she was seventeen, but lacking money for tuition, she never attended classes. Instead she studied writing at Columbia University, which ultimately led to The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, the novel that made her an overnight literary sensation. On September 29, 1967, at age fifty, she died in Nyack, New York, where she is buried.

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Martin-Breen on December 17, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
The Kindle edition contains a large number of errors, in the hundreds, likely reflecting poor or non-existent proofing of scanned text. Most are obvious and distracting ("1" for "I", for instance); occasionally, they render sentences incoherent, and it is not clear what the originals were. Rarely, but non-negligilby, they change meaning--we have "Wonderland" for "Wunderkind" in the story--yes--"Wunderkind".
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 28, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book contains a wealth of moving stories by a great writer, including a well-written introduction by her biographer. This would definitely be one of my desert island books.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By C. Bonanni on November 14, 2001
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I have always read stories in the past that gave me feelings right away. After reading these short stories, I was somewhat confused why McCullers didn't elaborate, or why she ended the story where she did. It was only after reading her biography, that I began to reread the stories and became obsessed with all of them. The meanings became clearer, the ideas behind them were revealed, and she has become my favorite author. I would recommend this to anyone, and I would also recommend her novels too. Enjoy.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DiFalco VIsual Artist on November 5, 2013
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WARNING: This kindle edition contains too many (hundreds) of mistakes (grammar, typos, punctuation); and, these mistakes are not acceptable for the price of ten dollars. Carson McCullers is one of the most poetic of American writers, but this edition murders her imagery and flow. I wish I had read other comments before buying this Kindle edition.

There are over fifty typos in MEMBER OF THE WEDDING alone (between pages 262 to 387). (EXAMPLES: In Member of the Wedding: Typos on Pages 262 and 328 (Anally), 265 (sdll), 268(setded), 273(scuflted), 274 (lighting [instead of fighting] ), page 277 (ind), 281(whisding), 283(dog-atcher), 285 (whisde), 287 (1 {instead of I] ), 288 (direcdy), 305(resdess), 310 (setded), 311 (ume), 315 (setded), 333-twice (candy [instead of candid?]), Page 334 (quinch),Page 353 (slighdy), 386 (rccogn'zcd).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Hadley on June 16, 2012
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I returned this edition to Amazon after reading The Ballad of the Sad Cafe only, because of the lack of a hypertext link from the table of contents to the beginning of each selection, and because of the frustrating number of typos in the text. To find the Ballad I had to scroll through the entire book looking for the beginning of the story, which the TOC showed was on page 195, but the Kindle edition doesn't include page numbers, only "location numbers", which bear no relation to the page nos. It was like reading a Project Gutenberg edition of a free classic, but I expected better for my $8.25, thank you.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By GB Banks (publisher, author) on February 17, 2004
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What strikes me most about McCullers is the simple yet rich complexity of her characters. While some of the earlier stories in this book felt too incomplete for me, as if they were more vignettes than stories, the tales grew stronger as I read on. The Haunted Boy is my favorite because it resonates with a sad truthfulness as a boy struggles to cope with a tragic event from the past which he's yet to deal with emotionally.
I think any true fan of literary storytelling will admit that, though perhaps not always perfect, Carson McCullers' writing as a whole is a sample of this genre at its best.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey P. Smith on June 27, 2001
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I've loved Carson McCullers for years, and her complete works have only been sporadically available. Her miniatures are near perfectly realized works of literary art, and this collection is a fine introduction to a great writer from the south who seems to have dropped of the critical radar. Her output is quite small, finely honed, and the prose is like a clear blue sky. Her longer works are worth searching for, and I recently noted that The Library of America has been hard at work making sure that Carson will continue to be read....!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. P. Fleming on August 24, 2008
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There is no finer story in the English language than "The Ballad of the Sad Cafe." The technique of the unknown narrator is a wonderful device and once you've identified the identity of this narrator, the story becomes more enriching and, alas, more mysterious. The unusual triangle of characters trapped in love is, at first, depressing, but when reread and then again reread, the eternal theme becomes enlightening and the lessons learned become permanently embossed in your mind. This story is truly an experience to treasure. Carson McCullers' other stories are as enriching, but this is her masterpiece.
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