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The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Lesson Plan

Introduction to The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

Published to great critical acclaim in 1940, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter was Carson McCullers's first novel, begun when the Georgia-born author was 20-years-old and published when she was twenty-three. In a review from 1940, McCullers's friend and fellow author Richard Wright wrote: "Miss McCullers' picture of loneliness, death, accident, insanity, fear, mob violence and terror is perhaps the most desolate that has so far come from the South. Her quality of despair is unique and individual; and it seems to me more natural and authentic than that of Faulkner. Her groping characters live in a world more completely lost than any Sherwood Anderson ever dreamed of. And she recounts...

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