The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter


When published in 1940, the novel created a literary sensation and enjoyed a meteoric rise to the top of the bestseller lists; it was the first in a string of works by McCullers that give voice to those who are rejected, forgotten, mistreated or oppressed.

The Modern Library ranked the novel seventeenth on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. Time included it in "TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005".[1] In 2004 the novel was selected for Oprah's Book Club.

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