The Heart is a Lonely Hunter – Carson McCullers

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter – Carson McCullers

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Set in the American South this is the story of a group of people who appear to have little in common except they are all hopelessly lonely. A young girl a drunken socialist and a black doctor are drawn to a gentle sympathetic deaf mute John Singer whose presence changes their lives. Carson McCullers was born in 1917. She is the critically acclaimed author of several popular novels in the 1940s and ’50s including The Member of the Wedding (1946). Her novels frequently depicted life in small towns of the southeastern United States and were marked by themes of loneliness and spiritual isolation. McCullers suffered from ill health most of her adult life including a series of strokes that began when she was in her 20s she died at the age of 50. The Member of the Wedding was dramatized for the stage in the 1950s and filmed in 1952 and 1997. Other films based on her books are Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967 with Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando) The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1968 starring Alan Arkin) and The Ballad of the Sad Cafe (1991).