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Carson McCullers

CARSON MCCULLERS was born in Columbus, Georgia, in 1917. She published her first short story, “Wunderkind,” in 1936; four years later, at the age of twenty-three, she won instant fame with her novel The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. While still in her twenties, she published three further novels –Reflections in a Golden Eye (1941), The Ballad of the Sad Café (1943), and The Member of the
Wedding
(1946) – and most of her mature short stories, essays, and poetry. In 1950, her stage adaptation of The Member of the Wedding opened on Broadway to great acclaim; she followed it in 1954 with a comedy, The Square Root of Wonderful. In 1952, she was inducted into the National Institute of Arts and Letters, whose citation praised her “deeply penetrating yet compassionate observation of human nature,” “unique talent for lyrical narrative,” and “rare talent as a dramatist.” Clock Without Hands, her final novel, was published in 1961. She died in Nyack, New York, in 1967, at the age of fifty