The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

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The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
HeartIsALonelyHunter.jpg
First edition
AuthorCarson McCullers
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
PublisherHoughton Mifflin
Publication date
1940
Media typePrint (hardcover)
Pages356 pp
 
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The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
HeartIsALonelyHunter.jpg
First edition
AuthorCarson McCullers
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
PublisherHoughton Mifflin
Publication date
1940
Media typePrint (hardcover)
Pages356 pp

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1940) is the debut novel by the American author Carson McCullers; she was 23 at the time of publication. It is about a deaf man named John Singer and the people he encounters in a 1930s mill town in the state of Georgia, US. When published it created a literary sensation, enjoying a meteoric rise to the top of the bestseller lists in 1940; 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 magazine 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.

Plot introduction[edit]

The majority of the narrative centers on the struggles of four of John Singer's acquaintances: Mick Kelly, a tomboyish girl who loves music and dreams of buying a piano; Jake Blount, an alcoholic labor agitator; Biff Brannon, the observant owner of a diner; and Dr. Benedict Copeland, an idealistic black physician.

Adaptations[edit]

A film adaptation was made in 1968, starring Alan Arkin, Sondra Locke and Cicely Tyson.

A stage adaptation of The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter premiered on March 30, 2005, at The Alliance Theater in Atlanta, Georgia. The show ran until April 24 of that year, and then toured. The play was an Alliance Theater presentation done in association with The Acting Company out of New York. The play, adapted by Rebecca Gilman, was directed by Doug Hughes.[2][3][4]

British artist Joe Simpson (artist) referenced McCullers' book in his painting of the same title 'The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter' in 2014. The painting shows two characters both reading the book on the London Underground, it is taken from his ongoing series 'London'. [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lacayo, Richard (2005-10-16). "Best Books of ALL TIME | All-TIME 100 Novels". TIME.com. Retrieved 2012-12-26. 
  2. ^ http://thefastertimes.com/theatertalk/2009/10/14/the-new-york-theater-workshop-vs-the-deaf-a-modest-proposal-for-casting-plays/ | For a discussion of some of the issues raised by this production, both for directors and actors
  3. ^ Heart Tour Program: The Acting Company www.theactingcompany.org
  4. ^ Variety http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117926738.html?categoryid=33&cs=1
  5. ^ Joe Simpson "Joe Simpson - The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter, Oil on Canvas" "2014"

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