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Collected Stories of Carson McCullers, including The Member of the Wedding and The Ballad of the Sad Cafe Paperback – September 15, 1998

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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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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; 8/16/98 edition (September 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395925053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395925058
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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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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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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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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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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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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This is a lovely collections of the works by an incredibly talented writer. It is too bad the publishing company didn't take the time to properly convert the ebook. There are typos on every page of the text--yes, every page. Terrible.
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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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This is a great collection of stories. Many of them are written during her college years and reflect the conditions of student life--off campus--and therefore life of average New Yorkers trying to get ahead in life. Even at an early age McCullers shows a terrific eye and ear in her stories; and writes with a spareness that makes Hemingway look wordy. I love the way that she makes stories out of the most ordinary events and people. She is among the first, it seems to me, to realize the deep drama that underlies our usually ordinary lives. In my words, to see that fiction is merely real life in disguise.
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